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y/atered Radio Liquor Ad Ban Seen Even If Capper Defeated.1 

Capper - Publisher, Radio Dean - Now 82, Plans Next 25 Years.3 

Army Develops Radio Interference Measurement Method.. 

Miniature V/alkie-No-Back-Talkie Radio Delights Truman 

''Code Too Long Delayed” - Trammell; ”1948 TV's Year” - Mullen.5 

Coy Apparently Unworried Over Confirmation; Taft Cool.6 

Business Seen Almost As Usual Despite Cable, Radio Strikes.7 

Kennally And Carmine Move Upstairs At Philco. 8 

Petrillo Tafi;;-Hartley Hearing Set For Next Tuesday,...,..9 

Survey Shows TV Audience Receptive To ”Pay As You See”.10 

Colonial Radio Sales 130% Over 1946*.,.,.'. 10 

Right Of Privacy Tested In Alabama Radio Broadcast Suit.11 

FCC To Number Its Documents According To Year.11 

Army Signal Corps Assn. Merged Into Armed Forces Group.12 

A,C.& R. Radio Telegraph Business Picked Up In 9 Months.12 

Scissors And Paste.. 

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No. 1806 


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January 7, 1948 


Apparently whether or not Senator Arthur Capper (R), 
years-old, of Kansas, is defeated for re-election, some kind of a 
curb is almost certain to be applied to newspaper, magazine and radio 
liquor advertising. It may even be put on during the session of 
Congress which has just convened and before Senator Capper’s term 
expires at the end of this session. 

o ^ which Mr, Capper has been introducing into the 

Senate for the past 20 years to bar interstate advertising of alco¬ 
holic beverages by press or radio was shelved last session by a 
Senate Interstate Commerce subcommittee and a softer measure sub¬ 
stituted which, however, still leaves the distillers unhappy. 

^ proposed new bill would enumerate types of copy which 
would not be permitted to be sent over State lines', or, in tL limit¬ 
ed circumstances where the offense could be committed orally to be 
broadcast. * 

The new approach, distillers say, would limit them to 

publication of a business card, rob copy of its 

and by making the appeal relatively unproductive render 
advertising almost useless. xcnuex 

thnt suggested by the Interstate Commerce subcommittee 

h t It IS impractical to offer the Capper measure with its outright 

bat somfconfidence warexpressef 
nr tho° enact a less stringent bill embodying^proposals 

of the committee members - Senators Clyde M. Reed and Edwin TnVm 

L°p;bi?:"ns."IeS:[^rLor naws;:pefpuSeS; 

P i cans, Senator Johnson, a Democrat, is a Colorado rancher. 

Hearings on the Capper Bill were held last May. ”We find” 
the subcommittee said in summation, "that an extensive campaign on * 
the psrt of^the liquor interests is being carried on especially 
through periodicals using colors in their advertising pages, un- 

a view of conveying the idea especially to young people 
that the consumption of liquor is ’smart’.” 

drafts of a bill were submitted. Each would 
ed^fnr^m»mr Commission supervision to the surveillance practio- 

years by the Alcohol Tax Unit of the Treasury Depart- 
redL; ?? overlapping which distillers say would further tend to 

duariurlsdio?ioL >^“b®rtainties of 

The essential part of the first draft states: 

ov, TT V the case of all alcoholic beverage an advertisement 

shall be deemed misleading in a material respect if in such adver¬ 
tisement representations are made or suggested by statement, word. 


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design, device, sound, or any combination thereof, that the use of 
such alcoholic beverage (A) is beneficial to health or contributes 
to physical upbuilding, (B) will increase social or business stand 
ing or prestige, or (G) is traditional in American family life or 
is or should be a part of the atmosphere of the American Home.” 


The companion draft would declare advertising misleading, 

'%) such advertisement includes the likeness or caricature 
of a woman, child, or family scene^ or of any person serving or pre¬ 
paring drinks, or holding a bottle, glass or other container in a 
manner indicating the consumption of liquor; or contains any illus¬ 
tration or representation primarily appealing to children, such as 
comic strips or children’s pets; or depicts athletes or athletic 
events; or refers to any religious holiday or festival, or makes use 
of any symbol, sign or other character associated with such festivals; 

'*(B) in such advertisement representations are made or sug¬ 
gested by statement, word, design, device, sound, or any combination 
thereof, that the use of such alcoholic beverages is beneficial to 
health or contributes to physical upbuilding; will increase social or 
business standing or prestige; or is traditional in American family 
life or should be a part of the atmosphere of the American home.” 

The term ’’alcoholic beverage” is defined to include any 
spiritous, vinous, malt or other fermented liquor which may be used 
for beverage purposes, containing more than four per cent of alcohol 
by volume. 

That a storm is brewing not only in Kansas but in other 
States in the Fiddle Fest against press and radio liquor advertising 
may be gathered from an address made by Judge Fred G. Johnson, of 
Hastings, Nebraska, recently before the Nebraska State convention of 
the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Judge Johnson said, in part: 

’’Those of us who are still possessed of a reasonable degree 
of common sense, decency, and the virtues of sobriety know from ob¬ 
servation, without further presentation of evidence, that the glowing 
distinctive, misleading, and intriguing advertisements of beer, 
liquors, and wines in our magazines, newspapers and on the radio are 
not conducive to temperance. But, the object and purpose of the 
whole program is to encourage drinking by adults and minors. 

”I notice that you are especially interested in Senator 
Capper’s bill, which was introduced in our last session of Congress. 

* * * Perhaps you have noticed a letter, which Senator Capper receiv¬ 
ed, from the Capital District Liquor Stores, Inc., Albany, N.Y, In 
this letter they say, ’Although we are engaged in the direct sale of 
bottled wines and liouors to the consuming public, we are also pledg¬ 
ed to the principle of moderation, and after approximately 14 years 
of repeal, we are completely satisfied that the high-pressure press 
press and radio advertising of today is not conducive to temperance. 
V/e are further convinced that such advertising is detrimental to the 
interest of young people whom the law makes every effort to protect 

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by restrictions against the tavern keeper and package store pro¬ 
prietor. * * * V/e sincerely trust that you will be successful in 
obtaining passage of this commendable piece of legislation,♦ ♦ ♦ * 

"As long as we are going to permit the selling of liquor 
at all, I think it would be a smart thing to enact a Federal law to 
the effect that whosoever sells intoxicating drinks to anyone causing 
death, injury, or damages to another person shall reimburse the one 
damaged in property or injured, and shall contribute a sum of 
$10,000 to the heirs of each deceased person. Provided that, if 
the individual seller cannot be apprehended and identified within 10 
days from the date of the accident, then, and in that event, all re¬ 
tail and wholesale vendors of liquor, together with the newspaper or 
papers carrying liquor advertisements published in the city, town, 
or village nearest to the scene of the accident shall be liable for 
their equal proportionate share of said damages, for property and 
injuries to the person or persons and the $10,000 to the heirs of 
each and every deceased person killed in the accident or died sub- 
secuent thereto from fatal injuries received therefrom. Then put 
enough teeth in the law to make it effective and enforceable." 



United States Senator Arthur Capoer, the world’s largest 
publisher of farm journals, operator of two highly prosperous broad¬ 
casting stations, and owner of two successful daily newspapers, hav¬ 
ing recently reached the age of 82 is still the life of any party he 
attends in Washington and is now making plans for the next twenty- 
five years of his busy life. 

For instance. Senator Capper has applied for Wi for his 
Station WIBW and his other radio outlet XCKN at Kansas City, Kansas, 
Capper, who has now been in the Senate for more than a quarter of a 
century, even at his present advanced age continues to keep in touch 
from V\fashington with his constituents by conducting a column in his 
newspapers and by radio transactions. One of the first members of 
Congress to adopt the technique of the latter of keeping himself be¬ 
fore his people. Senator Capper makes speech recordings in the 
Capital which are sent airmail and later broadcast by his stations 
in Kansas, Senator Capper declares this to be a modern and highly 
successful method of campaigning. His term expires in 1948 and the 
chances are if he still desires to serve, he will be returned as 
usual. Without having served in elective public office, I/tr. Capper 
was chosen Governor of Kansas in 1914, the first native-born Kansan 
to attain this position. He was elected to the Senate in 1918 and 
has been returned to office ever since, 


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A new method of measuring radio noise interference has been 
developed by the Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories at Fort Mon¬ 
mouth, N. J. Signal Corps radio engineers believe that this step 
may lead to the solution of major noise measurement problems now 
encountered in industry and government as it provides for accurate 
evaluation by comparison with an established standard and all but 
removes the fallible personal factor. 

In spite of the limitations of the interim method, approx¬ 
imately 50,000 engines, 100,000 engine-driven generators and 3,000,000 
vehicles were suppressed in mass production during hostilities, with 
some degree of assurance that they would not interfere with communi¬ 
cations and other electronic systems. 

In the last year of the war development of an equipment more 
suitable for military use was initiated and the new principle of 
measurement, which uses a stable radio noise generator as an inter¬ 
ference reference standard, was evolved. 

V/ork on models for demonstrating this principle of measure¬ 
ment is nearing completion. This equipment (known as Test Set AN/URM- 
3 in Signal Corps nomenclature) is capable of measuring radio inter¬ 
ference within the frequency range of 150 kc to 40 me. 

The Signal Corps is coordinating its interference reduc¬ 
tion program with other agencies of the government, and with industry, 
through such well established groups as the American Standards Associ¬ 
ation Committee on Interference Measurement and the Society of Auto¬ 
motive Engineers Committee on Vehicular Radio Interference. 



President Truman had the time of his life playing with what 
was said to be the world^s smallest radio transmitter which was pre¬ 
sented to him by Dr. Edward V. Condon, Director of the National Bureau 
of Standards. Dr. Condon described the radio as a "walkie-talkie-no- 
back-talkie”. It is strictly a one-way gadget. President Truman will 
be able to talk to his staff. They may listen on any commercial re¬ 
ceiver but they will be denied the pleasure of saying, *'Yes, Mr. 
President.*’ It precludes absolutely the possibility of a reply 
beginning, *'But, Mr. President * + 

The transmitter was made out of wartime secret electronic 
components designed for the famous proximity (variable time) fuse, 
regarded as perhaps second only to the atomic bomb as a war invention. 
Its range was deliberately held down to about 200 feet, the only way 
some privacy could be assured the "^resident. An eavesdropper would 
have to get within the White House grounds to tune in. Consequently 
Its power is under twenty milliwatts, induced by a couple of tinv 
electronics batteries. 


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The unit, made by Dr, Cledo Brunetti and his staff in their 
spare time at the Standards Bureau, is housed in transparent plast¬ 
ics. Dr. Condon said it was the size of a pint whisky flask, then 
corrected himself to say the size of a cigarette case. It weighs 
six ounces. 

Dr. Condon said the FBI and other police agencies are inter¬ 
ested in the new transmitter. 



Galling attention to the fact that the coming year will be 
one of grave decision for the country faced as it is by the Marshall 
plan, recurring crises arising from the policies of Russia and so on, 
Niles Trammell, President of the National Broadcasting Company, has 
this to say regarding his own industry: 

"Broadcasting, and its rapidly expanding sister act - tele¬ 
vision - will provide the widest possible coverage in the history of 
the political conventions and campaigns of the elections. The most 
extensive facilities ever devised will be utilized by broadcasting 
and television for this purpose. By the time of the actual elections 
next November, television will be available to homes in almost half 
the States of the Union. What effect the use of television on such a 
wide scale will have on the elections is, of course incalculable, but 
it can safely be said that the American voter with free press, radio 
and television at his command, will be the best informed in the world, 

'♦As the nation faces the necessity of achieving unity to 
resolve its problems, so does the broadcaster. The broadcaster has 
before him the problem of establishing an industry-wide code of im¬ 
proved commercial and program policies. Action on such a code has 
already too long been delayed. It is my hope that in 1948 the broad¬ 
casters will be able to take this forward step to improve radio 
broadcasting as a service both to listeners and advertisers." 

Frank E. Mullen, Executive Vice-President of the NBC said: 

"In the coming twelve months, television will appear as a 
new force in the United States, It will far outdistance the progress 
made by sound broadcasting in its early days. By the end of next 
year, television will reach the Midwest, and by 1950 or perhaps ear¬ 
lier, the West Coast. The income figures for television will over¬ 
shadow those for radio in a similar period. In 1948, NBC will pass 
the ^1,000,000 mark in income from television - and the television 
broadcasting industry will expend for facilities and programs at 
least $10,000,000.'* 

The NBC this week is carrying page advertisements in the 
newspapers captioned "1948 Television's Year", It read in part: 

"Television becomes a widening reality in 1948. NBC*s new 
eastern television network - WNBT, New York; V/NBW, Washington; WPTZ, 


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Philadelphia; WRGB, Schenectady; WBAL-TV, Baltimore and soon WBZ-TV, 
Boston, is only the beginning. But it is the beginning of a working 
reality. 1947 marks the end of television's interim period. 1948 
signifies the appearance of television as a new force in the United 
States. The greatest means of mass communication in the world is 
with us." 



If Wayne Coy, who following the President’s direction that 
he begin serving immediately, lost no time taking over the Chairman¬ 
ship of the Federal Communications Commission, is apprehensive as to 
whether or not he will be confirmed by the Republican Senate, he has 
shown no signs of it. The only discordant note heard thus far has 
been from Senator Robert A. Taft, of Ohio, who said that the Senate 
Republican Policy Committee would study the qualifications of Mr. Coy, 
a disciple of FDR and Paul McNutt, before deciding whether or not to 
oppose the nomination. Senator Taft said he personally was "not 
very favorably disposed" toward the appointment. When iir. Coy’s name 
was first mentioned for the chairmanship, Carroll Reece, Chairman of 
the Republican National Committee, sounded off saying it was disturb¬ 
ing that the President was considering the appointment of a man who 
had been "so closely associated with the left wing of the Democratic 
administration" and "a graduate of the Indiana Democratic machine in 
the days of the notorious 2-percent Club,” 

On the other hand, an Indiana Republican Senator who ordi¬ 
narily would have quite a finger in the pie and, in fact, could block 
Coy’s nomination. Senator Homer Capehart, said just before the appoint¬ 
ment was made that he would not oppose the nomination. Furthermore, 
Capehart revealed the fact that he had conferred with Senator William 
E. Tenner, the other Republican Senator from the Hoosier State, and 
"they couldn’t see why they should attempt to block the nomination 
just because Coy had been a New Dealer." 

It being campaign year, anything might happen, of course, 

Mr, Sterling, a Republican, with Senator Wallace V/hite from his native 
State behind him, will most certainly be confirmed. 

In the meantime, Mr. Coy has lost no time getting things 
going again at the Commission. George E. Sterling, formerly Chief 
Engineer of the Commission, was later sworn in. Following this. 
Chairman Coy and Commissioner Sterling paid their respects to the 
President at the White House, 

Retiring Commissioner E. K. Tett had previously received 
the following letter from ¥t, Truman: 

"It is with genuine regret that I accept your resignation 
as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, effective at 
the close of business on December 31, 1947, Yours has been a long 
and distinguished service to the Government, first in the Navy and 



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then with the predecessor agencies of the Federal Communications 
Commission and with the Commission itself. In view of the personal 
problems which you have outlined to me, I cannot insist upon your 
continued service. 

”I should like to express specifically my commendation of 
the fine work you have done as the United States representative at 
many international communications conferences and on interdepart¬ 
mental committees coordinating governmental activities in the commun¬ 
ications field. 

"You carry with you as you return to private life my best 
wishes for your success." 

Mr. Jett is immediately taking up his new duties in Balti¬ 
more, his native city, as vice President and Director of the Radio 
Division of the Baltimore Sun . , 



Although now going into its second week, the strikes of 
the employees of the four international communications companies had 
apparently interfered very little with the regular service. 

The companies, against which strikes were called last 
Friday, January 2nd, by the American Communications Association, CIO, 
and the All-America Cable Employees Association, independent, include 
the^cables department of Western Union and three units of the Inter¬ 
national Telephone and Telegraph Company - Mackay Radio, Commercial 
Cables and All-America Cables. 

Forest L. Henderson, Executive Vice-President in charge of 
the I. T. & T. units, said they had handled 15,232 messages on Satur¬ 
day, or more than the normal Saturday figure. A Western Union spokes¬ 
man said his company was having no difficulty maintaining normal 

RCA Communications, Inc,, which is not involved in the 
strike, reported there had been a small increase in the amount of 
traffic as a result of the strike but nothing to compare, for instance, 
with the increase in the number of messages just before Christmas. 

Contending that the mere threat of refusing to handle "hot 
copy" constituted a secondary boycott, three of the four international 
communications companies struck on Friday by the American Communica¬ 
tions Association, Tuesday asked the National Labor Relations Board 
to seek a court injunction against refusal of copy by a non-striking 
ACA local. 

Mr. Henderson, discussing the strike, said: 

"The principal points of disagreement are the unions’ de¬ 
mands for a 30 per cent increase in pay and other demands involving 



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heavy increases which, in the aggregate, would call for an overall 
increase in annual operating expenses of approximately :^4,000,000, 
and the unions’ request for the insertion in the contract of provi¬ 
sions which would, in effect, continue in force the existing closed 

’’The consolidated loss from operations during the first 
nine months of 1947 totaled $1,925,661, or more than double the loss 
from operations of $853,753 for the same period in 1946. These loss¬ 
es were reduced somewhat but only by the application in each year of 
certain tax and other non-recurrent credits. Mr. Henderson stated 
that the companies could not consider another round of wage increases 
in the face of such losses, but on the contrary, were engaged in a 
program of reducing their operating expenses in every way possible 
in order to maintain and protect the present weekly salaries of their 
employees. ’’ 

In explaining that world-wide radiotelegraph services of 
RCA Communications, Inc., are not affected by the strike, H. C. 

Ingles, President, said: 

’’Under its existing labor contract”, Mr. Ingles said, ”RCA 
Communications, Inc. has assurance from the union that the company 
will receive full cooperation in the handling of its traffic. The 
union - the American Communications Association, C.I.O. - has stated 
this publicly. 

”RCA’s world-wide mechanized and modernized radiotelegraph 
system is capable of handling, without strain, any increased volume 
of traffic due to strike conditions in other companies.” 



Thomas A. Kennally, who has been Vice President in Charge 
of Sales, has been appointed Vice President and Assistant to the Pres¬ 
ident of Philco Corporation to assist in the over-all direction of 
the Corporation’s activities. At the same time, lames H. Carmine, 
who has been Vice President in Charge of Merchandising, was named 
Vice-President in Charge of Distribution for the Corporation and in 
this newly-created position v/ill be responsible for all Philco sales, 
merchandising and advertising activities. 

Mr. Kennally joined Philco in 1924. In 1941, he was named 
Vice President in Charge of Sales and he has been a member of the 
Corporation’s Board of Directors since 1940. 

Mr. Carmine has been connected Virith Philco since 1923, when 
he became District Representative in Pittsburgh. He later was man¬ 
ager of the Syracuse office handling Philco distribution in New York 
State. In 1939 he was transferred to the home office of ^hilco in 
Philadelphia to become Assistant General Sales Manager and in 1941 he 
was made General Sales Manager. For the past five years he has been 
Vice President in Charge of Merchandising and a Director of "Philco* 

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As one of the first moves in the new session of Congress, 
Chairman Fred A. Hartley (R), of New Jersey, has ordered hearings 
next Tuesday, January 13, on "the bans issued and threatened to be 
issued” by James Caesar Petrillo, President of the American Federa¬ 
tion of Musicians* 

In the meantime, it is understood a bill is being framed 
aimed at breaking Petrillo's strangle-hold on musical recordings* 

The measure, it was reported, would subject the union to anti-trust 
prosecution. The union could be charged with putting ”an undue bur¬ 
den” on interstate commerce by its refusal to make records* 

The Committee made a preliminary investigation of the union 
in anticipation of Mr* Petrillo*s action. Legislation was withheld, 
however, in the hope that the labor leader would not carry out his 
threat to end recordings. 

But he went ahead, and the committee has reserved the large 
House caucus room through this entire month for full-scale hearings 
on the measure. 

The appearance of Mr. Petrillo at the House hearing might 
be prevented for the time being at least until a verdict has been 
reached in his trial in Federal Court in Chicago for violation of the 
Lea Act has been reached* This has to do with the clause which bars 
the union from reauiring radio stations to hire "stand-by” musicians 
while amateurs perform or records are played, 

Mr, Petrillo could not be called before the committee while 
actually before the court. Judge V/alter J. LaBuy presiding in the 
case has said, however, that he expects to give his decision Wednes¬ 
day, January 14th, Whether or not he does, Petrillo has already 
testified at length before a subcommittee headed by Representative 
Carroll D. Kearns of Pennsylvania, a member of the union. 

The House Committee*s new measure may be similar to a sec¬ 
tion of one of the early versions of the Taft-Hartley bill, which 
defined certain union activities as "monopolistic practices” and 
made them subject to anti-trust prosecution. 

The section was deleted by the Senate before the Taft- 
Hartley bill became law. However, piembers of the House committee 
feel they may be able to obtain its passage now by restricting its 
scope to the musician's union, 

Mr. Petrillo is scheduled to confer in New York on Tuesday, 
the 13th, the same day the House hearings open, with the'four major 
networks. At this time negotiations will be resumed on a new con¬ 
tract, The old one expires on January 31st, There seems to be a 
growing belief that a strike may be averted, 



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That television set owners in New York, Philadelphia, and 
Chicago would welcome a pay-as~you-see system that will telecast 
first run movies, Broadway, plays, and other costly entertainment 
features unavailable on free television, was the conclusions reached 
as the result of a survey made by William Bethke, General Educational 
Director of LaSalle Extension University in Chicago. 

Mr, Bethke said that the survey covered 9,341 television 
set owners in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and adjacent areas, 
and that it was suggested to him by 7enith Radio Corporation, Last 
Summer 7enith announced and demonstrated Phonevision, a system of 
charging "admission fees” for home showing of entertainment, features 
too costly for presentation by advertising sponsorship. Phonevision 
subscribers would receive free all standard television programs, but 
would pay for their special showing of new movies, plays, etc. in 
their monthly telephone bill, Mr, Bethke explained that letters were 
sent to television set owners with return postcards for answering two 
questions; First, was the set owner satisfied with the television 
programs he now receives. Second, in addition to free programs would 
he be willing to pay a reasonable fee for home viewing of first run 
movies, Broadway plays, newsreels, and championship sport events not 
available on free television. 

The returns showed that only 45^ of the set owners were 
satisfied with present programs, but there was considerable variation 
between areas. Dissatisfactions was greatest in Connecticut, where 
only 40^ expressed approval, as compared to 42^i in New York, 51^ in 
New Jersey, 5£^ in Chicago; and 43^ in the Philadelphia area. 

However, 62^ of the set owners said they would be willing 
to pay for extra programs. Broken down, these figures show that 76*?^ 
in Connecticut, 64^ in New York, 52^ in New Jersey, 70^ in Chicago, 
and 49^ in Philadelphia want pay-as-you-see programs. 


About 900,000 home and auto radios, valued at more than 
$30,000,000, were produced by the Colonial Radio Corporation during 
1947, it was announced this week by Don G. Mitchell, President, 
Sylvania Electric Products, Inc,, of which Colonial is a wholly owned 

He said that this represents an increase of 130 per cent 
over 1946 sales, which totaled *13,000,000 and that Colonial expects 
1948 production to exceed even that of last year. He attributed the 
favorable outlook to increasing demand for auto, FM and television 
sets in addition to firm demand for standard broadcast receivers, 


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The first ruling by an Appellate Court of Alabama as re¬ 
gards a citizen’s right of privacy so far as broadcasting of events 
involving his name are concerned may be made in a case argued recent¬ 
ly in the Circuit Court in Tuscaloosa> Ala. 

Two Tuscaloosa residents are seeking ^^50,000 damages from 
lames R, Doss, operator of Station WJRD, in connection with a broad¬ 
cast which purported to sketch and describe the partial history of 
their father, the late John Lindgren, who disappeared mysteriously in 

The complaint alleged that the broadcast served to bring 
the family into public ridicule by reviewing '’certain long forgotten 

Defense Attorney Frank Bruce based his case on decisions 
involving right of privacy as handed down in other States, contending 
that "willingly or not, the plaintiffs are daughters of the man who 
created a situation of general public interest". 

In a preliminary ruling, Judge V7. C. V/arren recognized 
"there could be an action regarding the right of privacy under common 
law in Alabama but the facts in the complaint are insufficient to 
make out a cause of action." He said the case under auestion”involv- 
ed news of historical events" and "is hard to decide". 

Plaintiffs’ Attorney Jack McGuire told the court that "the 
problems involved in this case have never been before an appellate 
court in the State of Alabama. 



As of January 1 of this year, all orders, opinions, letters 
and other documents which are approved by the Federal Communications 
Commission, or orders approved by a motions Commissioner, are being 
numbered serially as FCC 48-1, FCC 48-E, FCC 48-3, etc. Beginning 
January 1, 1949, such documents will be numbered FCC 49-1, FCC 49-2, 
FCC 49-3, etc., and so on for succeeding years* 

This means of identification will also be used in reference 
to such documents in the Commission’s minutes and may be used as a 
means of identifying documents in any petitions, correspondence, 
briefs, or other matters filed with the Commission. 



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With the unification of the Armed Forces now an accomplish¬ 
ed fact, the Army Signal Association has been reconstituted as the 
"Armed Forces Communications Association". Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff 
will continue as president of the new organization. He explained 
that when World War II broke, telephone, telegraph and radiooperating 
companies and firms manufacturing or which could manufacture communi¬ 
cation or photographic equipment and supplies were, in many instances, 
caught with little or no knowledge of the demands and requirements of 
the Armed Forces. Delay was inevitable and the fighting forces were 
handicapped because of insufficient equipment of the latest type. 

Americans engaged in any way in the fields of communication 
or photography - or interested in them - can contribute toward mili¬ 
tary preparedness by joining the Association whose principal mission 
is "to ensure that the Armed Forces - Army, Navy, Air Force - shall 
have communications superior to those of the military establishment 
of any other nation." 

Among the national officers, in addition to General Sarnoff 
is Darryl F. 7anuck, Vice Pres., Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.; 

Dr, Lee DeForest, pioneer radio scientist and inventor; Paul Galvin, 
President, Galvin Manufacturing Corp,; Leslie F. Aluter, President, 

The Muter Company, Chicago; A. W. Marriner, International Telephone 
& Telegraph Corp., Nev/ York; Carroll 0. Bickelhaupt, Vice-President, 
American Telephone & Telegraph Company; Dr. Frank B, lewett, of A. T. 

& T., New York, 



Despite a consolidated net loss before special credits, of 
$1,835,751 for the first nine months of 1947, the gross cable reven¬ 
ues of the American Cable and Radio Corporation during that time 
amounted to $9,914,756, as compared with $8,918,467 in 1946. Radio¬ 
telegraph transmission revenues amounted to $4,993,031 in 1947 as 
compared with '^3,957,821 in the corresponding period of 1946. Total 
transmission revenues amounted to $14,907,787 in 1947 as against 
$12,876,288 in 1946. 

"As it became obvious almost immediately that increasing 
costs would more than eliminate all advantages obtained from the 
rate increases made effective by the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion in August", Y/olcott H. Pitkin, Chairman, stated, "petitions 
were filed by several of the affected carriers pointing out the ur¬ 
gent need for further rate relief. Hearings on these petitions are 
scheduled to re-convene this month in Washington." 




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Invasion of Television by Film Companies Foreseen 


A full-scale invasion of television’s domain by major film 
companies is nearing, according to persistent reports in trade cir¬ 
cles. The movement, in all likelihood, will take its initial shape 
in the formation of television newsreel companies by a number of the 
big companies. That action’s been bruited for some time. It’s now 
taken a terrific stimulation from the tremendous video audience that 
watched Joe Louis-Jersey Joe Walcott boxing match, estimated at be¬ 
tween 750,000-1,000,000. 

Growth of tele has now upped the value of newsreels as 
broadcast fodder terrifically. Indicating their current value, 
understood that Paramount was recently offered a total of -tl ,500,000 
for the tele rights to its newsreels for a three-year stretch. Pro¬ 
posal was made by a national sponsor who wanted to put on a two-per- 
week program over a number of stations. Under the terms of the offer 
Par would have been paid $250,000 the first year; $500,000, the sec¬ 
ond; and $750,000 the third. 

Video audiences have the advantage of those at ringside be¬ 
cause the cameras are elevated and nobody can jump up and obstruct 
the view. V/hen V/alcott floored the champ in the first and again in 
the fourth round, the blows were clearly seen to be right handers. 

As a contest it was no thriller but the element of surprise was the 
factor that resulted in the most argued-about fistic encounter within 
memo ry. 

Is Petrillo On The Way Out? 

(Bob Brumby in ’’Look” for January) 

Is James Caesar Petrillo through as czar of American music'^ 

The ansv/er is probably yes. 

Although this chunky, volatile man has ruled America’s mus¬ 
ical enjoyment for 25 years, and come through scrapes before, he now 
seems to be on the way out - for these reasons: 

1. Public opinion is near the bursting point, especially over 
his edict banning all recordings after January 1, 

2. His American Federation of Musicians faces wholesale deser¬ 
tion by key performers. They are ready to go over to the rival CIO 
union if they can’t work in the AFM, an affiliate of the AFL. And, 
for the first time, Petrillo can do little about it. The Taft- 
Hartley act gives them legal protection from reprisals. It also pro¬ 
tects their employers. 

3. The powerful radio chains have been squaring off against 
Petrillo with determination. They have long been fed up with him. 

His demands have crippled television and frequency modulation broad¬ 
casts. Until last November, his say-so also kept live music off most 
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These attitudes of Petrillo led the networks to take their 
firmest stand in years when they recently entered negotiations with 
AFM over network contracts. They resolved that unless a satisfactory 
contract were written during the negotiation period they would have 
nothing further to do with AFM - unless Petrillo were out. 

4, America’s music master has also been trying to keep clear 
of Uncle Sam, He has been brought into court on charges of violating 
the Lea Act, also known as the anti-Petrillo law, which forbids 
Petrillo’s long-favorite feather-bedding practices. The law provides 
jail sentences for violations - the first time the labor boss has 
faced a judicial ruling with more than a fine at stake. 

Recently, signs of doubt and fear have begun to cloud the 
ruddy countenance of the AFM President. He has had plenty more to 
think about, for instance, than his famous sartorial elegance. 

Ex-Con Hits $20,000 MBS ’’Mediation Bd.” Jackpot 

i ^ ’♦variety*') ^ 

A L. Alexander and Mutual network execs were as surprised 
as anyone else at the pull of '’Alexander’s Mediation Board” as evi¬ 
denced by phenomenal listener response to the stanza’s Dec. 21 se¬ 
quence. An ex-convict living in New York City with a wife and three 
children told on the show of losing five jobs in succession when his 
employers found out about his prison record. He didn’t think he was 
going to be able to keep his home altogether, he said. 

Following day a flood of parcels and letters descended upon 
Mutual, all addressed simply to "Keep a Family Together”. By the 
second day, network officials became alarmed. Two full truckloads of 
parcels containing groceries and clothing had been hauled to the ex¬ 
convict’s tenement home. The Mutual Board room had been turned into 
a receiving depot and was filling up again with packages. Letters 
containing checks and cash were so numerous that a guard was posted 
on the web’s mailroom; later the letters were forwarded straight to 
the Manufacturers Trust Co. for safekeeping. The ex-convict mean¬ 
time received more than 60 job offers. 

By last Monday (29), the cash donations had swelled past the 
$15,000 mark and clothing and food received totalled an estimated 
$5,000 in value. 

Estimates Each Big Chain Reaches Billion Persons Each 

(From the '’Wayward Pressman”, a book by A. Liebling, 

published by Doubleday & Co., N. Y.) 

The Associated Press claims to "fill the needs of 800 mil¬ 
lion people, INS 225 million, UP 55 million, the Chicago Tribune 
syndicate 110 million and Time-Life 22 million. Together with the 
major radio chains, which reach a good billion people each, these 
press associations and syndicates served about twice the population 
of the world. 










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John Cowles, President of the Minneapolis (Minn.) Star and 
Tribune . and Vice-President of the Cowles Broadcasting Company, re¬ 
cently was awarded a medal of merit by President Truman for his war¬ 
time services in the Lend-Lease administration. Mr, Cowles served 
in Washington, North Africa and England in 1943 as a Special Assist¬ 
ant to E, R. Stettinius, Jr,, then Lend-Lease Administrator* The 
Medal of Merit is the highest United States governmental decoration 
for civilians for war service. 

The annual cross-section survey made by Editor & Publisher 
of the publishers* statements to the Audit Bureau of Circulations 
for the six-month period ending Sept, 30, 1947, as compared to 1946, 
shows daily and Sunday newspaper circulations are at new record 
highs. The annual increases continue uninterrupted. 

Morning and evening circulations are ahead of last year 
more than 2^ and Sundays are up almost 5%. What the increases might 
have been if the newsprint supply had been able to meet the growing 
demand no one knows. 

Louis deBottari, Commercial Manager of RCA Communications, 
Inc., has been promoted to General South American Representative of 
the firm, according to H, C, Ingles, President, Mr. deBottari will 
leave New York shortly and establish temporary headquarters in 
Caracas, Venezuela. His home is at Baldwin, N, Y, 

Mr. deBottari was promoted to Assistant Commercial Manager 
of RCA Communications in 1939, and to Manager two years later. Soon 
after the start of World War II, he published a book on censorship 
regulations which was widely used in the communications industry. 

A good definition for FM may be found in the ’*V/ho*s V/ho in 
America” sketch of Major Edwin H, Armstrong, FM*s inventor who des¬ 
cribes it as ”a method for eliminating static in radio by means of 
frecuency modulation”. Major Armstrong came across his great discov¬ 
ery in 1939, 

The Federal Communications Commission has designated John A, 
Willoughby Acting Chief Engineer to fill the vacancy caused by the 
advancement of George E. Sterling from Chief Engineer to Commissioner, 

Statistically, the estimated 10 per cent average increase 
in 1948 budgets would raise the dollar total for the six major media 
national newspaper advertising, magazine and farm publications, net¬ 
work and spot radio and national outdoor advertising - to a new high 
of $1,333,200,000 during the coming year, the New York Times states. 
Taking into consideration a like increase in a dozen or more minor 
media, such as local newspapers and -classified, direct and televi¬ 
sion advertising, an '’informed guess” by advertising men adds up to 
an amount one-and-one-half times that for the major media, or a grand 



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total of billion dollars. 

The 1948 advertising budgets will show a substantial in¬ 
crease over 1947 - an estimated average of 10^. 

Senator V/allace VJhite (R), of Maine, entered Bethesda 
(Washington) Naval Hospital last Saturday for a rest and checkup. 

An aide said the 70-year-old Senator majority leader and Chairman of 
the Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Radio) Committee, has a slight 
cold, but also has been troubled recently with a digestive disturb¬ 

Fulton Lewis, Ir., radio commentator and part-time Mary¬ 
land farmer, filed a petition in Richmond Chancery Court last week 
for a writ of mandamus against Southern States Co-Operatives, Inc., 
to compel the co-op to recognize him as a member. The petition was 
made returnable January 15 at 10 A.M. 

Mr, Lev/is was ousted from membership in Southern States 
at the annual stockholders meeting last November. The stockholders 
voted by some 2000 to 7 to ratify a previous resolution of the Board 
of Directors removing him from membership for conduct regarded as 
detrimental to the organization’s best interests. 

The time by which notices of appearance and briefs and 
written statements may be filed with the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission with reference to the Commission hearing on Editorialization 
by Broadcast Licensees to be held on March 1, 1948, is hereby extend¬ 
ed until February 1, 1948. No change in the date for the hearing is 
made by this notice. 

Miss Betty Ferro, Chief of the Experimental, Common Carrier 
and Miscellaneous Units of the Commercial License Section of the FCC, 
has been invited to attend the American Taxicab Association’s sixth 
annual convention at Chicago, January 12th to explain licensing pro¬ 
cesses and procedures. 

Up nearly 1^20,000,000 over 1946 and reflecting radioes in¬ 
creasingly local character, radio stations’ gross revenue from local 
retail advertising in 1947 will exceed national network revenue for 
the first time in 20 years of recorded industry figures, a survey 
Just completed by the National Association of Broadcasters’ Research 
Department shows. 

Based on replies from a projectable sample of the broad¬ 
casting industry, the NAB survey shows over $10,000,000 more in local 
retail revenue than in national netv7ork revenue. The 1947 gross 
revenue from local retail advertising is shown as $136,000,000, and 
revenue of national networks as $125,796,000# 

Ma Khin Myint, a 36-year-old Burmese teacher who is the 
first scholarship winner to travel here under the Fulbright Act that 
allows the interchange of scholarships betv/een the United States and 
other countries, arrived in New York Monday, He said he would study 
educational broadcasting at New York University and would make use 
of the knowledge over Rangoon’s radio station* 




Radio — Television — FM — Communications 

2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 

Founded in 1924 _ 




"Radio In Strait Jacket; Should Editorialize" - Gov. Thurmond..,,..! 

Sales Of Receiving Tubes 183 Million In 11 Months. ....2 

Zenith Retains Additional Counsel In RCA Patent Fight...3 

Full Steam Ahead For V/SB*s New T'7’ Station In Atlanta.3 

Burkland Heads CBS Radio Sales; Mitchell New WTOP Skipper......... 4 

Pulliam Notes Absence Of Radios In Europe And Near East5 
Radio Servicing Be'coming Big Business.... 5 

A, E. Johnson, NBC Washington Chief Engineer, Is Dead.6 

Emerson Aims To Make 500 Television Sets A Day...6 

Petrillo Wanted Justin Miller To Get Truman To Veto Lea Act.. .7 

Radio Industry Employment Threatened By AFM Bans, Says Geddes.8 

Ohio, Md,, Okla.j Montana Win "Voice Of Democracy" Prizes. ...9 

Radio Taxicabs Are Also Catching On In England. 9 

Estimate 6,600 Television Sets In Greater Washington.10 

RI'IA Mid-Winter Conference Set For Chicago, Jan. 20.10 

Radio Women Will Be Feted By Mrs, Truman,,.. .....11 

Garment V/orkers To Spend ^1,000,000 On 6 FM Stations...H 

Petrillo Is Acauitted In Second Trial Under Law To Curb Him.12 

Scissors And Paste .. 

Trade Notes... t k 




January 14, 1940 


That there may be strong arguments in favor of broadcast¬ 
ing stations being allowed to editorialize the same as newspapers 
when the Federal Communications Commission reconsiders its ban on 
this, Monday, March 1st, was indicated by Gov. J, Strom Thurmond (D), 
of South Carolina, who said at the dedication of WSPA-Fl^, Spartan¬ 

”I believe our radio stations have been placed in too much 
of a strait-jacket with reference to taking a stand on public ques¬ 
tions which affect the people they serve. Certainly, radio stations 
must be fair and impartial in presenting controversial questions. 

But I do feel that radio stations could and should have programs for 
the social and economic betterment for the communities and sections 
they serve. Radio stations should be free to editorialize in promot¬ 
ing these programs designed to improve the community life and promote 
tood government. 

- ”I have had much experience with radio and I have come to 
the conclusion that it is a tremendous force for good.” 

Undoubtedly with practically a new FCC to re-try the case 
including a new Chairman Wayne Coy, himself an ex-radio man, there 
will be a big turnout of radio representatives when the question of 
whether or not a station should be allowed to editorialize is again 
taken up. 

Discussion will be confined to these issues: 

1. To determine whether the expression of editorial opin¬ 
ion by broadcast station licensees on matters of public interest and 
controversy is consistent with their obligation to operate their 
stations in the public interest. 

2. To determine the relationship between any such editor¬ 
ial expression and the affirmative obligation of the licensees to 

insure that a fair and equal presentation of all sides of contro¬ 

versial issues is made over the facilities. 

’’The pro-editorial faction is directing its criticism at 
the Fee’s so-called ’Mayflower decision’”, Jack Gould writes in the 
New York Times, ’’the decision which the Commission promises to re¬ 
examine in two months. In this decision in 1941 the Commission con¬ 
demned a Boston broadcaster for using his station to promote the 
cause of one political candidate as against another. In essence, 
the Commission decreed that a broadcaster should not be ’ad advocate’. 

’’For all the current furor over the broadcaster’s ’free¬ 

dom’, the basic reasoning behind the Mayflower decision still seems 
eminently sound, particularly if the more valid criterion - the 
freedom of the listener - is considered, 

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"The main weakness in the case advanced for radio editor¬ 
ials is that it overlooks completely the fundamental difference 
between a newspaper and a radio station. That distinction lies in 
the fact that a radio station must operate under a license issued 
by the Federal Government while a newspaper does not operate under 
such a license. ***** 

’’The requirement that a radio station secure a Federal 
license automatically imposes different conditions than those pre¬ 
vailing in the case of the Fourth Estate, In the first place, the 
wave length on which a station makes itself heard is not the property 
of the broadcaster who uses it but is the property of the people as 
a whole. In the second place, there always have been more appli¬ 
cants for those wave lengths than the air could accommodate; the 
competition for the few available FM channels in New York City being 
a current example. ***** 

”If the property of the public is to be used in the inter¬ 
est of all who own it, as certainly is implied in the acceptance of 
a Federal radio license, strict impartiality in the presentation of 
opinion is the only sound policy. Once an attempt is made to decide 
which of two opinions is the proper one to be voiced over a medium 
belonging to all the people, then the first step away from democratic 
radio would appear to have been taken* 

’’But the issue of a radio station editorializing in its 
own name raises an even graver question. If, for example, there 
were ’Republican stations’ and ’Democratic stations’ by what stand¬ 
ard should the FGG approve the new applicant anxious to obtain a 
license*^ Would the Commission in the ’public interest’ be expected 
to maintain a ’political balance’ in a given community'^ Would not 
the government bureau sooner or later find itself investigating a 
man’s political beliefs as a condition of issuing a license? 

’•The proponents of editorials in the name of greater ’free¬ 
dom of the air’ indeed may be jeopardizing that very freedom far 
more than they realize at the moment,” 



Sales of receiving tubes in November totalled 17,137,891 
and brought the number of tubes sold in eleven months of 1947 to 
183,OSS,419, the Radio Manufacturers’ Association has announced. 

This latter figure compares with 180,743,639 tubes sold by member- 
companies in the same eleven months of 1946. 

Of the November total, 1S,23S,08S tubes were sold for new 
sets; 3,405,4S7 for replacements; 1,410,535 for export, and 89,847 
to government agencies. 



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Since the death of Samuel E. Darby, ,Tr* last December^ who 
was chief patent counsel for the Zenith Radio Corporation in its 
suit against the Radio Corporation of America, Zenith has retained 
two additional groups of patent counsel. 

The complete list of Zenith attorneys in the case is now 
as follows: 

Irving Harriott of Chicago, General Counsel of Zenith Radio Corp* 
former Senator Burton K, v/heeler, of Fontana, Washington counsel in 
charge of the anti-trust section of the suit; Darby & Darby; Pennie,. 
Edmonds, Morton & Barrows; and Kolisch 8c Kolisch, all of New York,, 
representing the patent end of the Zenith suit; and Arthur G. 

Connolly of Wilmington, Delaware, 

Zenith filed suit in the U. S. District Court at V/ilmington 
a year ago last December charging that 103 of RCA^s pool of radio 
patents do not apply to Zenith sets, as claimed. Potentially, the 
suit involves millions of dollars in license fees and would affect 
every manufacturer of home receivers. 

Zenith’s suit asks declaratory Judgment that RCA’s patents 
are involved plus an injunction restraining RCA from suing Zenith or 
any supplier, distributor or user of the sets, 



I. Leonard Reinsch, Managing Director of WSB, the Atlanta 
Journal’s station, and radio adviser to President Truman, didn’t 
allow any grass to grow under his feet after being notified that 
the Federal Communications Commission had granted WSB a license for 
a new television station in Atlanta. 

Construction will be started immediately on a 20 acre site 
on famous Peachtree Street, Complete RCA eouipment has already been 
ordered, WSB-TV^ has been assigned to Channel ^8, 

John M. Outler will be General Manager of W3B-TV; Harry 
Daugherty, Chief Engineer; Marcus Bartlett, Program I^anager, and 
Frank Gaither, Sales Manager, 

WSB is operating on an interim basis with FM. Facsimile 
will be introduced to Atlanta by WSB as soon as delivery is made of 
General Electric eouipment. WSB is a member of the newspaper owned 
stations developing Hogan Faximile. 



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Although everyone apparently was delighted when the royal 
command came for Carl J, Burkland, General Manager at WTOP, Washing¬ 
ton, to climb the golden stairs to become General Sales I'^anager of 
SBC Radio Sales in New York, there wasn’t any cheering at the thought 
of losing Mr# Burkland, who has proved so popular# Great regret was 
expressed at his leaving. 

However, there was a silver lining to the cloud Tuesday 
when the flash came that Earl H. Gammons, CBS Vice President in charge 
of Washington operations, had appointed Maurice B. Mitchell, former 
Sales Manager of WTOP, General Manager of WTOP to succeed Mr, Burk- 
land* It was hard to see ’’Burk” go but if this had to be, Mr# 

Gammons, who originally brought Burkland with him from Minneapolis 
to V/ashington, had again evidently used his unexcelled batting eye 
to good advantage in naming Mitchell, one of the most popular execu¬ 
tives at WTO? to succeed Mr. Burkland, 

As a result of Mr, Burkland’s administration, WTOP is now 
said to be the most-listened to station in V/ashington during the 
daytime, and leads all other stations in the share of audience for 
daytime local programs, 

Mr. Burkland joined CBS at WCCO in Minneapolis in 19S9 when 
he was working his way through the University of Minneapolis. He 
has been with CBS ever since. 

After service as writer, producer, Mr, Burkland joined the 
sales staff in 1932 and was made Sales Manager of V/CCO in 1930. The 
network brought him to New York in October, 1941, After a year in 
Radio Sales, he became General Manager of ^OP in 1942, 

Mr, I!itchell joined V/TOP in February, 1945, as Director of 
Press Information and Sales Promotion. He became Sales Manager in 
January, 1946. Last week (Jan. 9) he joined the staff of Radio 
Sales in New York, but the promotion of Mr, Burkland and the result¬ 
ing vacancy at WTOP brings Fjt, Mitchell back to V/ashington immediately. 

Before entering the radio field, Mr. Mitchell served 2|- 
years as editor of the Gouverneur (N.Y,) Tribune Press , where he won 
a New York Press Association award for the best written weekly news¬ 
paper and a national NEA award for advertising excellence. He spent 
one year with the New York Times advertising department and six years 
as advertising manager and national advertising manager with the 
Gannett Newspapers in Albany, Rochester, and Ogdensburg, N.Y. During 
the war he served v;ith the Armored Command of the U. S. Army, 

Mr. Mitchell is active in Washington civic affairs, and is 
well known as a speaker on business and radio subjects. He is an 
instructor in commercial radio at American University, and a member 
of the National Press, Optimist, and Advertising clubs, and the 
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Eugene Pulliam, Indianapolis, publisher and broadcaster, 
upon returning from overseas said: 

’’The contrast between living conditions in America and al¬ 
most every country of Europe and all those of the Near East is sharp 
and stark. The average industrial worker or the average farmer of 
America lives in Utopia as compared to the lot of the workers and 
farmers of Europe and the Near East. Industrial workers of America 
have automobiles, electric lights, radios, refrigerators, a variety 
of good food and vmTm clothing. On the continent the workers strug¬ 
gle to remain alive. They know nothing whatever of modern conven¬ 
iences or simple luxuries. For the most part they live in one- or 
two-room hovels or in crov/ded flats* 

’’Not one in 50,000 owns an automobile; very few have radios* 
There are electric lights in some of the flats, but no electric 
refrigerators. Their one absorbing interest is to get enough food 
and clothing to keep alive and warm*” 

A summary of Vjt, Pulliam’s conclusions on the entire trip 
was inserted in the Congressional Record of January 6, Page A3, by 
Louis Ludlow (D), of Indiana* 

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The business of radio servicing is growing rapidly with 
the increase in radio set ownership, the rapid progress of FM and 
television broadcasting, and the expanding uses of radio equipment. 
Max F. Balcom, President of the Radio Manufacturers’ Association, 
said in Philadelphia last Sunday night at the opening session of the 
Town Meeting of Radio Technicians* 

’’The radio technician of today is somev/hat in the same posi 
tion as the automobile mechanic of tv/enty years ago”, Mr. Balcom 
said, ”V/ith the widespread increase in radio sets in the home, in 
the car, and outdoors, plus the growing use of mobile radio communi¬ 
cation equipment by taxicabs, buses, et cetera, radio servicing is 
rapidly becoming a big business* Tomorrow it will be even bigger and 
v;ith bigness v/ill come greater stability and adeouate profits,” 

Mr. Balcom said that the Philadelphia Town Meeting of Radio 
Technicians^is ”an encouraging sign that the radio servicing trade 
is vitally interested in doing something about a problem that has 
bothered the entire industry, particularly during periods of wartime 
and postwar shortages. Pl-IA and the radio manufacturers who comprise 
it, he added, also are seriously concerned with the problem and hope 
to present an industry plan following a Mid-V/inter Conference in 
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”V/hile the radio service trade often has been the victim 
of unjust attacks and exaggerated complaints”, he continued, ”we 
must admit that abuses do exist in varying degrees in a number of 
communities. These abuses are of three general types: ^(1) income 
petent workmanship; (2) unnecessary replacement of receiver parts 
still in good working order, and (3) charging for work not done. 

”0f course, these abuses are confined to a small minority 
of radio technicians and service shops. But, just as a rotten apple 
may make a whole barrel of good apples suspect, so one unscrupulous 
radio service shop can impair public confidence in the entire profes¬ 
sion of a community." 



Funeral services for Albert Emmitt Johnson, 46, Chief Engi¬ 
neer of the National Broadcasting Company in V/ashington will be held 
tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 15) at 1:45 'p.N. Burial will be in Arling¬ 
ton Cemetery, 

Mr. Johnson was found early Monday in his exhaust-fume- 
filled car near Bethesda, Md. Attempts of the Chevy Chase First Aid 
Squad to revive him with oxygen were unsuccessful. 

A native of Manatee, Fla., Mr. Johnson served five years as 
a radio operator with the Merchant Marine before coming to Washington 
as an NBC radio operator in 1924. Since 1920 he had been Chief Engi- 
need of NBC in V/ashington, 

During World War II he served as a radio specialist in the 
Navy with rank of Lieutenant Commander. Mr. Johnson was an expert on 
television and freouency modulation and handled many of NBC’s major 
installation jobs. 

He is survived by his wife, who was formerly the telephone 
operator at WRC-NBC, his parents, Mr, and Mrs.Rollo H, Johnson, and 
a brother, Harold, all of Bradenton, Fla, 



Dorman Israel, Executive Vice President of the Emerson 
Radio and Television Company, said in New York Tuesday that Emerson 
expects to produce 500 television sets daily. This is one-auarter 
of the total rate of the industry at present. 

Mr. Abrams, President of the company, telling of a 10-inch 
direct view table model television his company will list at $269.50, 
said that Emerson is aiming at a minimum billing volume of $50,000,000 
for all its products this year, 



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Testifying before the House Labor Committee, of which 
Representative Fred A* Hartley, Jr* (R)» of New Jersey is Chairman, 
Justin Miller, President of the National Association of Broadcasters, 
yesterday (Tuesday, Jan. 13) revealed the fact that his own efforts 
to reach agreement with James C* Petrillo, the AFM leader, broke down 
when he refused to attempt to persuade President Truman to veto the 
Lea Act. 

”If your Association or the recording industry were to 
monopolize as Petrillo does”, Rep. Graham A. Barden (D), of North 
Carolina, asked, ”how long do you think you could stay out of jail*?” 

’’Only long enough for a good prosecutor to get busy and 
put us there”, the NAB "President replied. 

’’Despite his (Petrillo’s) statement that he is ’helping the 
boys’”. Judge Filler stated, ’’there is plenty of evidence that he is 
hurting the real professional musicians and is likely to hurt them 
a great deal more although, while so doing, he will try to convince 
them that economic forces are against them.” 

Judge Miller explained that the AFM leader would continue 
negotiations with the four national networks - the American Broadcast 
ing Co., Columbia Broadcasting System, Mutual Broadcasting System and 
National Broadcasting Company - Thursday. The netv/ork contracts with 
the AFM expire January 31st. 

’’Perhaps by the time Mr. Petrillo appears before you, next 
week”, the NAB head told the Committee, ”we will know whether - at 
long last - he will bargain collectively and whether, finally, he 
will abide by the law of the land,” 

”I think we have a little stiffen backbone this time”, Mr. 
Miller said, ”We have been encouraged by the work of this Committee. 

Representative Arthur G. Klein of New York, and Ray J. 
Madden of Indiana, both Democrats, made the inference that perhaps 
Mr, Miller’s organization and other employers’ associations were 
counseling their members not to be in a hurry with their collective 
bargaining, in the hope the Taft-Hartley Act would supply them with 
new ammunition, Mr. Miller disclaimed any such meaning, and Mr, 
Hartley undertook a heated defense of the measure he helped to 

As the hearing begain. Committee Chairman Hartley recalled 
that a subcommittee investigated Petrillo in Los Angeles last year. 

He said^the group reported that ^etrillo and his union ’’exercise 
monopolistic control over all commercial phases of musical production 
including recordings, radio, movies and television, and have used 
their great power to block the technological development of freauency 
modulation (FM) radio and of television.” 

Mr, Petrillo is expected to testify at these hearings next 





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American Federation of Music restrictions have retarded 
the development of both FM and television broadcasting, while the 
ban on music recordings threatens disaster to the radio industry and 
to the huge public investment in record playing apparatus. Bond 
Geddes, Executive Vice President of the Radio Manufacturers’ Associ¬ 
ation, today told the House Education and Labor Committee, 

Testifying as chief spokesman of the radio manufacturing 
industry in the inquiry called by Representative Hartley (P), of 
New Jersey, as Chairman of the House Committee, Mr. Geddes said that 
the American public has an investment of more than $1,25 billion in 
radio-phonographs, record players, and phonographs which will be im¬ 
paired if the AFM ban on recordings becomes permanent. 

"The arbitrary AFM order ending all production - ’forever* - 
of all phonograph records and also radio transcriptions on December 
31, last, would be of tremendous disastrous damage to our industry in 
the future", Mr. Geddes told the committee, 

"Over 40 percent of our industry volume is in combination 
radio-phonograph receivers and apparatus for playing records, and such 
a loss would cause wide unemployment, bankruptcies, and would put 
many manufacturing companies out of business, if the AFI/I ban, stop¬ 
ping ’forever’ the production of phonograph records, should become 
permanent and effective. And the mammoth investment of the public 
in record-playing radios and phonographs would cause great loss to 
the public owners." 

Mr. Geddes said that prior AFM restrictions against dupli¬ 
cation of music on standard stations by FI/I broadcasting stations 
has greatly retarded the development of this new service and con¬ 
sequently the manufacturing of YM. receivers, 

Mr. Geddes also recalled an industry survey made by RMA 
which indicated set manufacturers planned to produce 2,666,000 FM 
receivers in 1947, 

AFM restrictions on music for television "unquestionably" 
have "reduced the value and public interest of television programs", 
Mr, Geddes said, and continuance of this ban "will retard what many 
in the industry believe will be an even greater new American service 
and industry than radio,” 

The welfare and continued employment of about 500,000 work¬ 
ers are dependent upon radio broadcasting service, including W. and 
television, plus the public demand for phonograph records, Mr. Geddes 
said.^ Factory workers in the industry number about 300,000, but in 
addition there are 1,500 distributors and wholesalers, 35,000 to 
50,000 radio dealers with an employment of about 125,000, and between 
40 and 50,000 radio servicemen, 


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Four national winners of S500 scholarships in the "Voice 
of Democracy" contest for high school students have just been named 
by the sponsors of the competition - the National Association of 
Broadcasters, the Radio Manufacturers’ Association, and the United 
States Junior Chamber of Commerce. 

The winners, selected as having written and voiced the 
best five-minute broadcasts on the subject, "I Speak for Democracy", 

Miss Janet Geister, Cuyahoga Falls High School, Cuyahoga 
Falls, Ohio; Miss Laura Shatto, Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown, 
Md,; Miss Alice Wade Tyree, Lawton High School, Lawton, Okla., and 
Miss Rose Ellen Mudd, Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula, Mont. 

The four successful contestants will be awarded their prizes 
Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 12:30 P.M. in Washington. 

The final national judging, just completed, brought to its 
climax the contest which began as a feature of National Radio Week 
last October, supervised by the three co-sponsors and endorsed by 
the U. 3, Office of Education and Dr. John V/. Studebaker, Commissioner 
of Education, 

Contests were first conducted in schools, then in commun¬ 
ities, and afterward by States, by means of transcriptions made by 
the contestants. Local radio dealers gave prizes of radios to 
winning schools and students. Approximately 20,000 High School stud¬ 
ents in about 500 communities were represented. 

The panel of national judges was made up of: 

Gen, Omar N. Bradley, Administrator of Veterans Affairs; 
Attorney General Tom C» Clark; Father Edward J, Flanagan, founder 
and director of Boys Town; Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby, Executive Vice- 
President^ of the Houston Texas, Post, operator of Station KPRC, and 
V7artime^director of the WAC; U. 3. Senator Warren S. Magnuson (D) 
of Washington State; Fleet Admiral Chester V/. Nimitz, U3N, Chief of 
Naval Operations; and James Stewart, motion picture star. 



A Bristol, England, taxicab company, Streamline Black and 
Y/hite^Taxis Associated, is considering a plan to eouip its 130 cabs 
in Bristol, Bath, and Clevedon with two-way radio sets and direct 
them^from^a control center covering a radius of 14 miles, thus dis¬ 
pensing with telephones on stands. The system is in operation in 
Cambridge, England, where a private hire firm is reported to be dir¬ 
ecting its cars by radio. 


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A committee representing the three operating television 
stations in the District of Columbia has reported that there are 
6,600 television receiving sets now privately owned and in use in 
the Greater Washington area. The stations^ committee, consisting of 
James Seiler for WNBW, Sam Cooke Digges for WlkL-TV and Gordon 
Williamson for WTTG, stated at a meeting Tuesday that the estimate 
of 6,600 sets in private hands here as of January 1, 1948, repre¬ 
sents the minimum number operating in this locality. The figures 
are based on the monthly estimates compiled by the Electric Institute 
of Washington and other sources* 

For the last three months of 1947, retail television deal¬ 
ers in Washington sold sets at a rate slightly under one thousand 
per month. The Stations’ Committee will issue the next estimate on 
February 1st. 




Industry promotion in 1948, especially of television and 
FM, and many other projects will be considered at the three-day RMA 
Mid-Winter Conference at the Stevens Hotel, Chicago, on Jan, 20-22* 
More than 100 industry leaders are expected to attend the series of 
meetings which will include those of the Board of Directors, the var¬ 
ious Division Executive Committees, and several sections and com¬ 
mittees , 

President Max F, Balcom will preside at a meeting of the 
Board of Directors on Thursday, Jan. 22, v/hich will receive many 
recommendations for industry projects to be drafted at prior meet¬ 
ings of all five Rl/IA division executive committees and major stand¬ 
ing committees. 

Among the major industry programs to be considered is con¬ 
tinuance of the "Radio-in-Every Room/' campaign under the direction of 
the RI'A Advertising Committee of which Stanley H, Manson, of Rochest¬ 
er,. N, Y., is Chairman; Renewal of National Radio Wook in the Fall 
of 1948, under joint sponsorship of RILA. and the National Association 
of Broadcasters, and RMA participation in the joint industry action 
against music restrictions imposed by President James C, Petrillo and 
the American Federation of I^usicians, also will be considered. 

Mutual problems in the development of television, FM and 
other broadcasting services, discussed at recent Rl!Lk committee conr- 
ferences^with National Association of Broadcasters and FM Associa¬ 
tion, will be discussed during the three-day sessions. 



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Mrs, Truman will be hostess to the delegates of the Associ¬ 
ation of Women Broadcasters, National Association of Broadcasters, at 
a tea from 4:30 to 5:30 Friday, January 30,at the White House, accord¬ 
ing to Ruth Crane, WJIAL, Washington, Acting National President, 

The fifth annual convention of AWB will be held in Wash¬ 
ington from January S9 through February 1. This will be the first 
national convention of the Association to be held in Washington, 

National officers of the Association are: Miss Crane, 
Dorothy Lewis of the National Association of Broadcasters, New York, 
Second Vice President; Eleanor Handson, Cleveland, Ohio, Third Vice- 
President; Ann Holden, San Francisco, Calif,, Fourth Vice President; 
Nell Daugherty, Stanford, Conn., Secretary; and Norma Richards, 

Toledo, Ohio, Treasurer, 

The V/ashington Planning and Program Committee includes 
Elinor Lee, V/TOP; Nancy Osgood, WRC; Esther Van Wagoner Tufty, WMDC; 
Meredith Young, WOL; Jessie Stearns, V/EAi/I; Ruth Crane, VJMAL, and 
Hazel Markel, V/TOP, 



The International Ladies Garment Workers Union purchased 
from the Massachusetts General Hospital last week an eight-story 
building in the heart of the garment district in Boston. Officials 
of the union said the structure would house a health center, and a 
frequency-modulation radio station. The purchase price was announc¬ 
ed as *315,000. 

The W. station, which v/ill share with the union^s New 
England home offices, is expected to be on the air v^ithin eight 
months. It will be one of six stations being established throughout 
the country by the ILGV\U. 

The union, it v/as said, had been forced ”to go into the 
business of producing Ali-FM receiving sets for its members," The 
hope was expressed that these could be sold to union members "some¬ 
where under $50." 

It v\^as estimated the Boston station would reach 25,000 mem¬ 
bers in that area. The New York station would reach another 200,000 
of the total membership of 400,000. Total cost of the six stations 
would represent an investment of more than $1,000,000, 



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James C. Petrillo today (Wednesday, Jan. 14) was acquitted 
on a charge of violating the Lea Act, which Congress passed to curb 
his broad union powers, according to an Associated Press report from 

Federal Judge Walter J. LaBuy in his written opinion of 
eight pages, said ’’there is no evidence whatever in the record to 
show that the defendant had knowledge of or was informed of the lack 
of additional employees prior to the trial of this case.” 

The Government alleged in its criminal case that !!r. Petril¬ 
lo, head of the AFL American Federation of Musicians, had violated 
the law by calling a strike to coerce Station WAAF, Chicago, to hire 
extra help. 

The judge added: 

’’Nothing contained in the letters and telegrams between 
the defendant and the representatives of the station disclosed to 
the defendant the lack of need for additional employees as a reason 
for rejecting the defendant’s demands. 

’’Neither does the testimony in this case show the defend¬ 
ant had knowledge or or was told that the station had no need for 
additional employees.” 

Mr. Petrillo, stern-faced, was present as the verdict was 


The Government may not appeal the acquittal because the 
judge did not pass on the Lea Act’s constitutionality. In a previous 
trial Judge LaBuy held the law was unconstitutional, but the Supreme 
Court refused to pass on his ruling in an appeal by the Government 
and ordered instead that a new trial be held on the facts in the case. 

In dealing with the Question v/hether Mr. Petrillo was bar¬ 
gaining in good faith in an effort ”to obtain honest employment for 
additional musicians”, or if his actions established ’’union racket- 
ering”, or ’’feather-bedding”, or an attempt through threats to compel 
the hiring of more persons than needed, the judge said: 

”In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, this re- 
Quest (Mr. Petrillo’s request for WAAF employment of three additional 
union musicians) can only be interpreted to mean that these addition¬ 
al musicians were to perform actual services. + * * * 

’’The demand for the employment of additional employees was 
unaccompanied by threats of the use of force, violence, intimidation 
or duress.* * * * 

’’The evidence further shows that in all previous negotia¬ 
tions between the station and the defendant, their relationship was 
cordial and cooperative.” 





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Noted Critic Wonders *^If The Movies Will Muff Television** 

(Ashton Stevens in ’’Chicago Herald-American*’) 

Kemory poked hack almost half a century as I wondered if 
the movies would muff television as they themselves had been muffed 
when the most inexpensive item in a variety show was the bit of film 
that made a boat sail like a boat, a locomotive puff like a locomo¬ 
tive, and a man walk like a man. The novelty of the photograph that 
moved didn’t last as long as that of '’living pictures” or trained 
Indian clubs, 

V/hen the boat began to sail and the locomotive began to 
puff and the man began to walk, we all walked. Managers, customers 
and critics alike held this flickering upstart in baser contempt 
than the tramp comedian or the female impersonator. 

Nobody had the wit to foresee the hour when the despised 
celluloid peddlers would make a dishonored corpse of vaudeville and 
raze for parking lots the theaters they didn’t buy on practically 
their own terms, 

D. \V, Griffith, an only so-so stage actor I knew in our 
youth, when I was an ecually so-so critic of the stage, did a ter¬ 
rible thing to the theater he had deserted when he presented his 
’’Birth of a Nation” in legitimate theaters and invited the opinions, 
not of the movie critics but of the dramatic critics. 

It is on my conscience that my praiseful paragraphs about 
Griffith’s invasion of the beat I trod may have slightly assisted in 
summoning the sheriff, the auctioneer, and the blackwagon to the 
playhouses in which I earned my nightly bread. I almost wrote myself 
out of my job,***** 

So it is with some caution and caginess that at this time 
of day I strike the keys in celebration of a gadget that may do me 
out of my job in very fact. It would be an ironical end for a dean 
of theatrical diehards to go to a pauper’s grave remembered only as 
a televisionary who had dreamed himself penniless and unemployed. 

But it is a certitude that my occupation’s gone like poor 
Othello’s when television enters my home, rendering no longer neces¬ 
sary for attendance on a show, the top hat, the white tie, the ebony 
stick, the Rolls-Royce and the Annie Oakley, Such slippered unease 
would be unbearable to an ancient firstnighter whose theater-going 
has yet to be halted by heat or hurricane or blizzard. 

And even if I ducked the little televised quickies, with 
their sponsors’ commercials that are known to the ulcered as plug- 
uglies, there would yet be my friend Gene McDonald’s Zenith Phono- 
vision, a miraculous device which promises presently to televise an 
entire photoplay at my fireside when such service is requested and 
charged to my account with the telephone company. 

Not for me, says this old die-hard - but the movie moguls 
are going to show red faces and red ink if they muff a sideline that 
should be surefire with millions of firesiders whose arteries are 
softer than those of this confirmed inhabitant of Row A, Seat 1. 

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The Ineffable Petrillo 

(’’Washington Post”) 

You will recall that a short time ago Mr, J. Caesar '^etril- 
lo announced that at the end of this year the members of his American 
Federation of Musicians would cease to make any more records. The 
reasoning was that the phonographs and juke boxes were putting Mr, 
Petrillo’s boys out of work. As long as the recording companies were 
paying royalties to the American Federation of Musicians on every 
record made, Mr, Petrillo tolerated the competition of canned music. 
However, such royalties have been made illegal under the terms of 
the Taft“Hartley Act, 

But now Mr. Petrillo by an ingenious stroke of logic, has 
decided that the Taft-Hartley Act is not retroactive, and does not 
in any way impair the validity of contracts made before the passage 
of the act. Therefore, the recording companies, although they will 
get no new records from the boys, must go on paying the royalties on 
all records impressed from the master records made when the contracts 
were in force. This would mean the continuation of an unearned 
revenue of approximately two million dollars a year. 

It is not clear precisely what steps Mr. Petrillo intends 
to take to enforce the payment. One possibility, of course, is that 
he will forbid performances by any members of his union on any pro¬ 
gram to be broadcast over any network which includes any station 
which plays records on which the royalties are in default. 

Tele’s Bar B.O, 


Baseball is the best boxoffice stimulant (no pun intended) 
for the bars; football the poorest, because it’s a longer time be¬ 
tween drinks due to the progression of the action. Only time-outs 
create a slackening of interest, whereas the national pastime permits 
twice-an-inning hiatuses for tanking up. 

On the other hand the baseball fans favor beer (the weather 
is the influence there); the gridcast lookers favor the harder stuff. 

Do You Get It? 

(From London ’’Punch”) 

Interference in recent Alexandra Park television station 
broadcasts caused the picture to look like Harris tweed. Engineers 
tried frantically to trace the cloth, 



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Chairman Fred A. Hartley, Jr., (R), of New Jersey, co¬ 
author of the now famous Taft-Hartley Act and inquisitor of James C. 
Petrillo, as well as Chairman of the House Labor Committee, last 
week announced his ’’definite and final conclusion” to retire from 
Congress at the end of his present term. 

An amount of ^1,000,000 is being asked in the President’s 
budget for 1949 for a building for the Radio Propagation Section of 
the National Bureau of Standards. 

Raytheon Manufacturing Company and Subsidiaries - Six months 
to Nov. 30; Net loss, $65,154, after giving effect to $44,000 tax 
carryback credit, contrasted with net profit of $1,149,440 or 71 
cents a share for six months to Nov. 30, 1946; net sales $25,823,426 
against $31,801,264, 

Gene Buck, former President of the American Society of 
Composers was among the friends of former Mayor James J. Walker, 
present last week when Mayor 0’Dwyer officially accepted an oil paint¬ 
ing of the late Mr, Walker which was afterwards hung in the New York 
City Hall rotunda. 

The National Broadcasting Company spent about $75,000 last 
week to advertise its television network plans in 38 newspapers in 
17 cities. Copy told of NBC’s development of three regional nets 
and mentioned some newspaper-ovmed stations as probable affiliates. 

The Board of Directors of The Institute of Radio Engineers 
at its December meeting approved participation in the I.R.E.-Radio 
Manufacturers* Association Spring meeting on transmitters to be held 
in Syracuse, N.Y,, on April 26, 27 and 28. 

The Spring Meeting Committee will consist of; Dr. W.R.G, 
Baker, Vice-President of General Electric Co., 1947 President of 
I.R.E, and Engineering Director of Rl-iA.; E.A. LaPort, RCA International 
Division, acting as I.R.E. representative; M.R, Briggs, Westinghouse 
Electric Mfg. Co., acting as RiiA representative; V, il. Graham, 

Sylvania Electric Mfg, Co., member of the Board of Directors of I.R.E. 
and Associate Director of Engineering of RIAJV, and J. J. Farrell, 
General Electric Co., who will handle arrangements for the technical 

A new record of 10,581 miles for regularly scheduled dir¬ 
ect radiophoto transmission has been established between Washington 
and the U, 3, 3, Burton Island, headouarters ship of the present 
Navy Antarctic Expedition off the Shackleton Ice Shelf of the Ant¬ 
arctic Continent, it was announced Sunday by Navy headquarters in 
New York, The previous record, it was said, was established in 
1940 by The New York Times -Wide V/orld "^hotos and Press V/ireless, 
transmitting pictures from Little America to Baldwin, L.I., a dis¬ 
tance of 8,952 statute miles. 

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Radio — Television — FM — Communications 

2400 California Street, N. W. 

Washington 8, D. C. 

^ Robert D. Heinl, Editor 





JAN 22 1947 


Midwest Setting Hot TV Pace; All U.S. Seen Catching Revere1 

Cooper New NBC-V/ash* Chief Engineer; Terrell Oper.’s Supervisor... 3 
Fort Industry Opens Eastern Sales Office In New York City.........3 

Chicago Can’t Figure Out Latest Petrillo Decision Either!4 

V/Flv® Claims First Overseas Program Originated By FM Station.5 

Opposition To V/ayne Coy Fails To Develop At Senate Hearing.6 

Westinghouse Buys Six Hours Weekly On Chicago Trib’s FIZ Station...6 

”Voice Of America” Up To Truman; Byron Price For Info Head....7 

New Fight On Moving FJZ Upstairs Seen In Petrillo, Coy Hearings.,..8 

”Lea Act Not On Trial In Chicago, Petrillo Was” ~ Justin Miller...9 
More Spine Needed In Law To Control Petrillo, Committee Told.9 

Petrillo Denies Union And Networks Plot To Retard FM Growth.10 

Way To Stop Press And Radio ’’Leaks” Sought By Forrestal.11 

Set Tube, Production Still Limp Along In German-U.S. Zone...11 

IRE Opens 3rd Floor To Exhibitors; Most Space Ever Sought.12 

FCC To Reprint Warnings In Former Distinguishing Colors..12 

Scissors And Paste...13 

Trade Notes ........15 

No. 1808 

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January 21, 1948 


So many cities throughout the country, notably in the 
Hiddle West are building television stations, or intend to do so 
soon, or are applying for licenses, or are expecting to apply, that 
it is difficult to keep track of them all. As usual, the rest of 
the country doesn’t want New York and the East to get ahead of it 
and apparently is most desirous not to be caught napping on televi¬ 
sion. The entire United States seems to have become television con¬ 
scious and evidently every city of any importance desires to do some¬ 
thing about it. 

Four new applications for television licenses were accepted 
by the Federal Communications Commission last week with a fifth just 
coming in. Eighteen television stations are now on the air, 7 are 
licensed, 67 have been granted construction permits and 88 licenses 
are pending. Two important news flashes come from Chicago. The 
first was that WGN-TV, the Chicago Tribune’s station, sill go on the 
air in about ten days - Sunday, February 1st, to be exact. The sec¬ 
ond was that NBC’s television station WNBY will be on the air by 
September 1st, four months ahead of a previously announced schedule* 

For the first few weeks WGN-TV will confine itself to 
test patterns but will start regular programming on or possibly be¬ 
fore March 1 from temporary quarters in the Chicago Daily News build¬ 
ing. The station will occupy the entire 25th and 26th floors of the 
Daily News quarters with additional office space on the 24th floor. 
This arrangement will be continued until completion of the Centennial 
Building adjoining Tribune Tower. A mast to be erected atop the News 
building will carry the antenna to 427 feet above street level. 

Frank P. Schreiber, L'^anager of WGN, said that the invest¬ 
ment in WGN-T\^ by the time it begins regular program telecasting will 
be about half a million dollars. It was said the test patterns in 
February will enable the estimated 14,000 set owners in the Chicago 
area to have service men check and align their sets for best recep¬ 
tion. Present installations may need antenna adjustment. The test 
pattern will be merely a station identification projected on a slide 
but will be sufficient guide for service men. 

The speeding up of NBC’s schedule in Chicago is to lay the 
groundwork as soon as possible for a regional television network in 
the central part of the United States. This v/ould include three NBC 
affiliates that are already on the air with television. They are 
WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), KSD-T^?’ (St, Louis) and (Detroit). Other 

NBC affiliated television stations in the I-idwest are expected to be 
in operation soon and will further extend the NBC Midwest television 
network. The Chicago Civic Opera Building will be the location of 
the NBC transmitter and antenna. The antenna mast will rise 610 feet 
above street level. 


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Another newcomer in the Middle West next month will be 
WLW-TV, the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation’s television station in 
Cincinnati. The signal will emanate from a tower-plus-antenna 
assembly which attains a height of 571 feet above average terrain. 
Actual power of the transmitter unit is 5,000 watts, but the trans¬ 
mitter will be used in conjunction with an antenna built for Crosley 
for RCA. This antenna, added to its high elevation above average 
terrain, will give the V/LV/-TV signal an effective power of 50,000 
watts, according to R. Rockwell-Vice-President in Charge of 
Engineering for Crosley. The antenna assembly is 85 feet in length 
and comprised of five turnstile bays. The unit weighs 5,500 pounds, 
and will be mounted atop a 500-foot steel tower. 

A survey among construction permit holders for new televi¬ 
sion stations as to the date when operations are to be initiated was 
made recently by Martin Codel, publisher of Television Digest and 
W. Reports. The following was the response: 

Within 50-60 Days: WATV, Newark, V/CAU-'T't-^ Philadelphia, 
WBAL-T^r, Baltimore, WTPrR, Richmond, Va. in addition to WGNA, Chicago. 

During February or March : WBZ-TV, Boston; V/NHC-T^f, New 
Haven; WBEN-TV, Buffalo, KFI-TV, Los Angeles in addition to WLV/T, Cin¬ 

Early Or Late Spring : V/PIX, New York; Y/OR-TV, New York; 
WOIC, V/ashington; WTVT, Toledo; T’vW/T, Bloomington, Ind. , and KSTP-TY, 
St. Paul. 

Late Spring Or Summer: WNAC-TV, Boston; XNBH, Los Angeles; 
WITHBf Indianapolis; Y/AAM, Baltimore and WBAP-T\^, i^’ort VJorth. 

During Summer : WIZ-T"^^, New York; WE{ ^ Chicago; Y/EMR-TP’', 
Chicago; KSF0-TP7, San Francisco, Y/TCN-TV, Minneapolis, and lOAOR-TP^, 
Riverside, California. 

Next Fall Or Winter ; V/HAS-T\r, Louisville, Ky.; KECA-TV, 

Los Angeles, Calif.; Y/DLT, Detroit; WTV<T, Miami, Fla.; KCPR, San 
Francisco, and V/JAC-TV, Johnstown, Pa. 

An additional 14 CP holders replied that their starting 
dates were indefinite at the time of inquiry. 

The four applications received by the FCC last week were 
from KDCL, Dallas, which figures on an initial cost of $198,783, 
with^monthly operating cost about $5,000; WEAS, Decatur, Ga., YfHQM, 
Reading, Pa., to cost '^150,000,and New England Television Co., of 
Providence, R, I. WGBA of Columbus, Ga. has announced it will soon 
file an application for a television station in that city upon which 
it expects to spend '*^225,000. 

The FCC last Monday (Jan, 19.) granted three television 
licenses as follows: The Jack Gross Broadcasting Co., San Diego, 
Calif., Stephens Broadcasting Company, New Orleans, and the Cincin¬ 
nati Times-Star, Cincinnati. 

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Donald H. Cooper has been appointed Chief Engineer of 
NBC’s V/ashington radio and television operations. Mr. Cooper, who 
has been with the station V/RC since 19S8, takes the office left vac¬ 
ant by the recent death of Albert E. Johnson. 

Replacing Cooper as Operations Supervisor in charge of 
broadcast activities is Robert Terrell, a member of the WRC Engineer¬ 
ing staff since 1926. Both Messrs. Cooper and Terrell are reassuming 
positions they occupied during the war while the late Mr, Johnson was 
on duty with the Navy. 

Mr, Cooper is a native of Washington, D. C., and a graduate 
of the Loomis Radio School in V/ashington. Before joining V/RC in 
1928, he was employed by the Independent V/ireless Company in Balti¬ 
more and the Radio Corporation of America’s Marine Division in 
Norfolk, Va, 

Mr. Terrell was born at Stony Point, Va., and also gradu¬ 
ated from the Loomis Radio School. He went with WRC in 1926 as a 
field engineer and by 1930 had become Master Control Supervisor for 
the station. 



,■ As a part of its 1948 expansion program, Fort Industry 

? Company headed by Commander George B. Storer of Detroit and J. Harold 
;; Ryan of Toledo, has opened a headcuarters office of its national 
sales department at 527 Lexington Avenue in New York City. 

Tom Harker, National Sales Director, will be in charge of 
the new office, moving from Detroit where he has been located since 
joining the company in October 1947, 

Fort Industry Co. now owns and operates V/SPD, Toledo, 
i WGBS, I'’iami, Fairmont, V/. Va. , VA'P^A, V/heeling, V/. Va., and 

? V/LOK, Lima, Ohio, WAGA, Atlanta, and WJBK, Detroit. 

I Plans for acquiring one of the largest groups of independ- 

i ent television stations also are underway. The company already holds 
i construction permits for Detroit, Toledo and Atlanta, with applica- 

' tion pending for license of a video station in Miami. 




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In Chicago, bailiwick of U. S. Judge Walter J. LaBuy, home 
of James C. Petrillo, and where WAAF, the little radio station which 
refused to employ three musicians it didn’t need is located, they 
seem to be as puzzled over the latest Petrillo verdict as Washington 
and other parts of the country apparently are. 

Calling the decision peculiar, the Chicago Tribune comment¬ 

’’There was plenty of testimony in the trial that the sta¬ 
tion’s managers had no need for the three musicians whom Petrillo 
demanded they hire. But, said Judge LaBuy, there was no testimony 
to show that anyone ever told Petrillo that the station didn’t need 
the help. In all the correspondence between the employer and the 
union, this claim was never made, the judge asserted, 

’’It would be interesting to know at precisely what time 
the judge reached this conclusion. He says that Petrillo must be 
acquitted for lack of proof that he knew that the station didn’t 
need the additional help. That was the crux of the case. It was as 
essential as producing the body in a murder case. Yet Petrillo’s 
very able counsel made the usual motion, at the conclusion of the 
prosecution testimony, to dismiss the case on the ground that an 
offense had not been proved, and Judge LaBuy then denied the motion. 

’’One thing seems certain. Either Judge LaBuy has arrived 
at a most peculiar decision, or the prosecutor was extraordinarily 
derelict in presenting the evidence. Both the judge and the prosec¬ 
utor are New Deal appointees. 

”Nr. Petrillo exults that the Lea Act is dead. In fact, it 
has not been established that the Act will not do what it was intend¬ 
ed to do. If Ivir. Petrillo is right, however, that merely means that 
Congress must take more effective measures to curb the labor czars 
v/ho are trampling on the liberties of the people. The statements of 
various members of Congress indicate that they are prepared for such 
action as is shown to be needed.” 

Stating that it didn’t side with Judge LaBuy’s ’’applica¬ 
tion” of the law in the latest Petrillo decision, the Chicago Daily 
News . said: 

”The fact at issue in Judge LaBuy’s mind, apparently, was 
not that Petrillo attempted to force the station to hire three 
superfluous musicians. The intent of the Lea Law, as Judge LaBuy 
apparently construed it, was not to prevent a union agent forcing 
an employer to engage in featherbedding practices against his will, 

’’Such an action becomes a violation of the law - if we fol¬ 
low the judge - only if the complainant can prove that he resisted 
the attempted featherbedding on the specific grounds that the extra 
employees were unnecessary. 


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"Station WAAF contended that it had resisted Petrillo’s 
order on grounds that the extra men were unneeded and had so informed 
Petrillo. The judge seems to have contended that the complainants 
had not proved beyond reasonable doubt that they had so informed 

"He did not consider, apparently, whether Petrillo needed 
to be informed. 

"A year ago last December Judge LaBuy ruled - correctly we 
believed and so stated - that the Lea Law was unconstitutional. He 
pointed out that it singled out a single union and forbade it to en¬ 
gage in featherbedding practices rather than forbidding all unions. 
The U. S. Supreme Court later upheld the law, reversing Judge LaBuy. 

"In this instance Petrillo was openly attempting to force 
the employment of more members of his union. He contended that radio 
stations have an obligation to provide music furnished by ’live* 
musicians rather than by recordings. Judge LaBuy referred to this 
contention in his opinion. 

"But the three men Petrillo sought to foist on station WAAF 
would not have supplied its listeners with one second more ’live* 
music. They v;ould not have lessened by one second the volume of re¬ 
corded music the station broadcast. They were not to be hired to 
play instruments but to act as librarians in charge of the station’s 
library of recordings. 

"We believe the Lea Law, as it stands, is a bad law, for 
the reasons Judge LaBuy stated in December, 1946. But good or bad, 
a higher court than Judge LaBuy’s has ruled that it is the law. V/e 
are unable to understand Judge LaBuy’s application of it in the case 
he has just decided. 



Shortwave Station V/RUL of the World v/ide Broadcasting 
Foundation, Boston, relayed to the world last week; what is believed 
to be the first overseas program originated by a commercial FI!! sta¬ 
tion. The broadcast was sent to Boston from the studios of WFI!R, 
New Bedford, by wire recording. 

The program told international listeners about America’s 
Junior Achievement projects, in which high school students operate 
miniature industries and businesses along the American capitalistic 

X X X X X X X X X X 



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If the Republicans were waiting with a stuffed club for 
Wayne Coy, former New Dealer, and nominee for the Chairman of the 
Federal Communications Commission, it was not apparent when the 
Senate Interstate Foreign Commerce Committee called Mr. Coy and 
George E, Sterling, former FCC Chief Engineer nominated for Commis¬ 
sioner, for preliminary examination on Tuesday afternoon. An open 
hearing was held in order to give anybody who opposed either of the 
candidates ample opportunity to be heard. Nobody appeared to com¬ 

Practically all of the Questions were directed at Mr. Coy 
as apparently there has never been any doubt about Mr, Sterling go¬ 
ing through O.K, Presiding was Senator Charles W. Tobey (R), of 
New Hampshire in the absence of Chairman Wallace White, Ir., cur¬ 
rently in the hospital. The other Senators present were Brewster, 
of Maine; Moore of Oklahoma; and Reed, of Kansas, Republicans, and 
McFarland, of Arizona, and McMahon, of Connecticut, Democrats, 

Senator McMahon asked Mr. Coy about alleged overcharges 
for political broadcasting, I'lr. Coy replied the FCC had nothing to 
do with that. Senator Tobey asked the witness if he didn’t think it 
was a good thing for the FCC Chairman to come go the Capitol every 
so often and tell the Congress what the Comri.ission was doing. Mr. 
Coy said he always did that v/hen he was previously in the Government 

Mr. Coy was asked what he thought about the FCC chairman¬ 
ship rotating each year. Mr. Coy replied he was against it, that 
one year was hardly sufficient time for a Chairman to efficiently 
administer the office. Troubles v/ere mentioned that the ICC was 
having in that respect. ’’You might also add the FTC to that”, some¬ 
one suggested. 

One of those who attended the Senate hearing Tuesday went 
so far as to say that he believed if there had been a quorum of 
Senators present, they would have approved the nomination of Coy 
then and there, 

j No date has been set for future consideration of the Coy 

I and Sterling appointments but it is expected to be at an early date. 



The largest single commercial contract for time on V/GNB, 
Chicago, WGN’s freouency modulation station, was signed Friday when 
j Westinghouse Supnly Company of Chicago contracted for a full hour 
j nightly, six nights a week, on WGNB for 52 weeks. Westinghouse and 
six of its authorized dealers in Chicago will soonsor WGNB’s 
’’Symphonic Hour” from 9 to 10 P.M. Mondays through Saturdays, effect¬ 
ive January 12. The contract was placed direct. 


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A bigger and better "Voice of America" bill is now on Pres¬ 
ident Truman’s desk with every indication that he will sign it. 

The House unanimously sent to the President Monday legis¬ 
lation giving the full approval of Congress to strengthening of the 
"Voice" foreign broadcasts used to counter Soviet propaganda. It 
accepted without debate Senate amendments to the bill passed origi¬ 
nally by the House last year and approved by the Senate last Friday. 

The legislation merely authorizes the program and does not 
finance it. Funds must come from the House Appropriations Committee. 

Already the name of Byron Price, former wartime censor, has 
been mentioned to revamp "the Voice". This was made in an address by 
John Cowles, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Vice-President of 
the Cowles Broadcasting Company, who recently visited Europe. Ih?. 
Cowles said: 

"Byron Price, who is now the Assistant Secretary General 
of the United Nations, should be drafted to head our United States 
Information Service. Price did a superb job with the Office of 
Censorship during the war and has the confidence of Democrats and 
Republicans alike. If American newspaper editors were polled as to 
who in America was best fitted to head the United States Information 
Service, I believe Price would receive more votes than all others 

"Congress should appropriate immediately perhaps '^50,000,- 
000 additional for the United States Information Service, and our 
State Department personnel engaged in this activity should be com¬ 
pletely overhauled and reorganized. The Voice of America should be 
enormously expanded. It is now little more than ’the whisper of 
America,’ Vie should tell the people of Europe what we have given and 
are giving in food, fuel, and fertilizer, V/herever possible, our pro¬ 
ducts should be marked with the American flug. Russia has claimed 
credit for much of the aid that we have sent, either directly or 
through UNRRA to Europe. Few Europeans have any idea of the volume 
of aid America has furnished and is furnishing." 

Mr. Cowles’ address "The World Problem We Face" was reprint¬ 
ed in the Congressional Record of January 19, by Senator Arthur 
Capper (R), of Kansas. 

The nev/est "Voice of America" bill was guided through the 
House by Representative Karl E. Mundt, (R), of South Dakota, Senator 
H. Alexander Smith (R), of New Jersey, led for it in the Senate with 
the active support of several of his colleagues. Republican and 
Democratic, of the Foreign Relations Committee. It provides that the 
State Department, in its information program, must depend to the 
greatest "practicable" extent upon the private publications and news 
agencies of the United States and must withdraw Government operations 
wherever it finds that private operations are adecuate to tell the 
story Of the United States. 

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Indications of a renewal of the old fight on moving W. 
from the 50 me band to the 100 me were seen when this subject was un¬ 
expectedly brought up first in the Taft-Hartley Petrillo House hear¬ 
ings last week; and later when it again bobbed up in the Senate Inter¬ 
state Commerce hearing considering the nominations of Wayne Coy for 
the Federal Communications Commission Chairman and George E. Sterling 
for FCC Commissioner. 

At the House hearing Edwin H. Armstrong, inventor of Wi. 
said that YIZ broadcasting received a ’’deadly blow*’ in lune, 1945, 
when the FCC ordered the FM band moved from the area of 42 to 50 meg¬ 
acycles to that of 88 to 108 megacycles. 

Mr. McCann, who was presiding, then brought out that this 
decision was made at a time when Paul Porter was Chairman of the FCC 
and that Mr. Porter had formerly been on the legal staff of the 
Columbia Broadcasting System. 

Mr. Armstrong said that Mr. Porter had appeared before the 
FCC on behalf of CBS in 1940 to oppose assignment of additional 
channels for FT/! broadcasting. CBS asked that most of the available 
channels be assigned to television instead of ¥11 broadcasting, he 

The FM industry was assigned five channels in 1936, the 
witness said. In March, 1940, when Lawrence Fly was Chairman of the 
FCC, the band from 42 to 50 megacycles was assigned and, according to 
Mr. Armstrong, FM broadcasting was put on its feet. V/hen Mr. Porter 
became Chairman, after Mr. Fly’s resignation late in 1944, the re¬ 
assignment, which he said set back the development of FM by two years, 
was made. 

At the Senate hearing Tuesday, Senator Tobey (R), of New 
Hampshire, brought up boosting of FI’ upstairs to the 100 me band. 

This action, however, v;as long before I’r. Coy was even being consid¬ 
ered for the Commission. It served, however, to indicate the live 
interest Senator Tobey is taking in the matter and it is believed he 
will be heard from later. 

In the meantime, Representative William Lemke (R), of North 
Dakota, has advised Dr. Armstrong, E. F. McDonald, President of the 
Zenith Radio Corporation, and others that hearings will be held on 
the Lemke Resolution (K.I. Res. 78) Tuesday, January 27, to reverse 
the action of the FCC and return FM to the 50 me. band. The claim 
is that in the 100 me. band many farmers are deprived of FM. 



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Justin Hiller, President of the National Association of 
Broadcasters, today (Wednesday, Jan. 21) made the following state¬ 
ment on the Petrillo decision of Judge LaBuy in Chicago last week: 


”I have read with interest, and some amusement, the claim 
attributed to an attorney for James C. Petrillo, subsequent to the 
latter*s exoneration on a charge of violating the Lea Act, that *the 
Lea Act is dead*. The childish wishful thinking implicit in such a ■" 

careless statement, perhaps should place it beneath the dignity of || 

a reply. The Lea Act was not on trial in Chicago. I/lr. Petrillo was, ! 

The final lines of the Court*s memorandum opinion in the Petrillo i 

trial read: *For the reasons above stated, the court is of the opin- i 

ion that the prosecution has failed to prove the defendant guilty of | 

the violation charged.* | 

**Such an opinion reminds us of Scottish Law where it is ij 

possible to have three verdicts: Guilty, Not Guilty, or Not Proven. I 

In the latter case, the defendant - declared exonerated for the 
reason that the case was not proven by the prosecution - *goes away \\ 

from the bar of the court with an indelible stigma upon his name.* 

What the Chicago jurist has said in his memorandum opinion, is that n 

the case was *not proven* by the prosecution. j 

"This does not outlaw the Lea Act. Neither does the dec- |j 

is ion of the Chicago Court exemat Hr. Petrillo from prosecution, || 

again, in any of several hundred American cities, if he continues to | 

harass the broadcasters and the American people as he has done in the !i 

past. When an experienced prosecutor goes to work upon another case ^ 

whose facts bring it within the meaning of the Lea Act, we will hear | 

the singing of quite a different tune." j 




The House Education and Labor Committee with Representative ji 

Hartley himself presiding, was told in Washington Monday by leading 
network representatives that the Taft-Hartley Law they believed v;ould 
need considerable strengthening to successfully cope with the activ- If 

ities of James C. Petrillo. At that they indicated that if their jji 

contracts with the American Federation of Musicians lapsed this jili 

month, they would use the Taft-Hartley rapier to test the union*s !:! 

right ^to restrict the use of musicians on television, FM and trans- !| 

cription broadcasts. j. 

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Statements to the general effect that Mr, Petrillo*s pol- 
icies had hurt not only the development of television and freouency 
modulation broadcasting, but also the musicians themselves, were 
presented by Frank E. Mullen, Executive Vice President of the Nation- p 

al Broadcasting Company; Joseph H. Ream, Executive Vice-President of 
the Columbia Broadcasting System; Mark Woods, President of American i 





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Broadcasting Company; Theodore C. Streibert, Vice "^resident of the 
Board of the Mutual Broadcasting System, and Harry Bannister, General 
Manager of Station W\VJ, Detroit. 

"The point is you have come to Congress for help”, contin¬ 
ued Representative Owens (R), of Illinois, speaking to Mark V/oods, 

’’and I say we have already given you a weapon in the Taft-Hartley 
Act. You should use it.” 

”We*d be delighted to”, responded Mr. Woods, ”as soon as 
the contract expires - if it does expire, and we find it necessary 
to do something.” 

In his review of difficulties with Mr. Petrillo, Mr. Ream 
said the networks had tried over a period of years to convince the 
AFM president that duplicating a standard broadcast over an W. sta¬ 
tion did not increase the size of a radio audience, that it consti¬ 
tuted an additional service on the broadcaster’s part, but not addi¬ 
tional listeners. Also with the development of FM, he had argued 
that increased employment of musicians would result. Mr. Petrillo, 
he reported, had not agreed. Mr. Ream stated that CBS was spending 
for services of musicians more than ^2,000,000 per year, and CBS 
advertisers more than $4,000,000 per year in addition. 

Mr. Mullen made public in his testimony details of current 
v/age rates paid under the existing contracts v/ith Petrillo, They 
showed that in New York a musician covered by the contracts receives 
a minimum of $191.45 for a 25-hour v;eek of commercial and non-com¬ 
mercial broadcasting; $151.60 for a 25-hour week of non-commercial 
broadcasting, and $158.70 for a 20-hour week of commercial and non¬ 
commercial broadcasting. Many musicians freouently earn in excess 
of this amount because of overtime work, 



lames C, Petrillo denied today (Wednesday, Ian. 21) there 
is any conspiracy between his American Federation of I'^usicians and 
the long-established radio networks to hold back the growth of the 
fledgling FM (frequency modulation) radio. 

Mr. Petrillo told the House Labor Committee that he met with 
representatives of the FM industry a month ago and tentatively agreed 
to ’’make a deal” with them, but said he told them; ”I have got to 
talk to the regular (Ai^) networks first.” 

At present Mr. Petrillo has banned ’’live” music on Fli" net¬ 
works and also the duplication of musical programs on AM and FM net¬ 
works , 

Mr. Petrillo renewed predictions of an early settlement with 
the four major networks in negotiations involving the union’s demand 
for higher wages. 

Representative Kearns (R), of Pennsylvania, took this to 
mean that the union would agree to the networks’ request for removal 
of the bans on use of musicians, but Mr. Petrillo refused to say. 


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I Defense Secretary James Forrestal plans to call a confer¬ 

ence of top press, radio and movie executives to consider means of 
I stopping "leaks” of military secrets. 

I The subject has been under sutdy for sometime by top def¬ 

ense officials, and informal consultations already have been held 
with leaders of the major ’’public information media”, an official 

I Capt. Robert Berry, USN, Forrestal’s press relations aide, 
said that some suggestions for solving the security problem would be 
■; put before the conference and that the matter will be left up to them. 

I ”If they want a voluntary peacetime security program, we 

can go ahead with it”, he said, ’’otherwise we’ll throw the whole 
|, thing in the wastebasket.” 

Berry said these suggestions would be to set up an Advisory 
Board made up of leaders in the magazine, radio, television and news¬ 
reel fields. This group would be told facts about military security 
and would decide what subjects should be kept secret. 

Then a working group of full-time, paid news, radio and 
movie people under a topflight civilian, would be created in For¬ 
restal’ s office to give advice 24 hours a day to newspaper, radio 
stations, etc. as to whether a story being considered for publication 
would be harmful to the United States. The final decision would be 
up to the paper or station. 

Berry said that the tentative plan differed from the war- 
tire voluntary censorship setup under Byron Price. The Advisory 
Board, not the Government, under the proposal, would decide what 
types of material should not be published, and that Forrestal’s of¬ 
fice would give ’’advice” as to whether a story violated rules set 
up by the Board. Price’s office ’’requested” that such a story not 
be published, Berry said. 

He stated that many newspaper, radio and magazine editors 
had urged that some competent agency be provided to give such advice. 



During the first 9 months of 1947 the production of radio 
receivers in the United States Zone of Germany was 20,724 compared 
with 4,639 during the corresponding period of 1946. Radio receiving 
tube output increased to 277,000 from a 75,000 tube production during 
the 9-month period of 1946. 

Radio sets manufactured in the United States sector of 
Berlin during the first 8 months of 1947 totaled 39,436. Production 
during the corresponding period of 1946 was slightly less - 35,834. 
Radio receiving tubes produced during the 1947 period under review 
totaled 78,176. XXXXXXXXXXXXX 



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Already 163 exhibitors have taken the entire available 
space on the first two floors of Grand Central Palace in New York 
City for the Radio Engineering Show and The Institute of Radio Engi¬ 
neers announced the opening of half of the third floor to meet the 

The show will be held in connection with the 1948 annual 
convention of the Institute of Radio Engineers March 22-25> and will 
be the largest in the history of the industry featuring the products 
of 170 exhibitors. Attendance at the convention and the show is ex¬ 
pected to equal or to exceed the figure of over 12,000 who attended 
I the 1947 gathering. The theme of the convention and show is ’’Radio- 
Electronic Frontiers”, and both the program and the exhibits are be¬ 
ing planned to fulfill this theme, 

A diversified technical program consisting of 130 papers in 
26 sessions has been arranged for the convention plus two special 
j ssrmposia with outstanding invited speakers on ’’Nucleonics” and 
, ’’Advances Significant to Electronics”. 

The annual banquet of the Institute will be held the even¬ 
ing of Wednesday, March 24, and the President’s luncheon on Tuesday 
i noon, March 23, Both will feature national figures as principal 

On the opening morning on Monday, I^’anch 22, the annual meet- 
! ing of the Institute will be held. At this meeting, an innovation at 
I I,R,S. conventions. Dr, H, B, Richmond will address the membership on 
i "An Engineer in the Electronics Industry - Prospect, Preparation, 




; The Federal Communications Commission will reinstate the 

I use of colored paper for different types and degrees of violation 
warnings issued against radio stations of all classes. The form col- 
I or will again indicate required action by the licensee. This, as 
I explained by George 0. Gillingham, head of the FCC ;^ress Section, is 
, going back to the old scheme of pink paper for immediate action, 
j yellow for prompt action, and green for action within three days. 

j Revival of the colored forms is prompted by contention of 

I licensees and others that they served a useful purpose in distinguish- 
: ing the v/arnings from routine mail and file papers and, further, con- 

i tinue to remind the station until the violation is corrected. One 
j steamship company pointed out that the system of colored notices, in 
j effect since the days of the Federal Radio Commission and Federal 
' Communications Commission until abandoned some 18 months ago, "great¬ 
ly assisted in distinguishing the item which required immediate ac¬ 
tion, and on which we could instruct the masters that, under no 
circumstances, were they to proceed to sea without having this 
particular item corrected,” 



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Suspicious Of Wayne CoyAppointment In Campaign Year 

(George E* Sokolsky in ’’Chicago Herald-American'*) 

Radio in the United States is controlled by the FCC, a 
Commission that has built an administrative empire out of legisla¬ 
tion and regulation from the simple policing of the air waves to a 
determination of who can run a radio station, what programs may 
appear on the networks, how much time should be given to what kind 
of program, etc.* * * * 

Wayne Coy, a prominent New Dealer for many years, who has 
been appointed Chairman, is said to be favored by Clifford Durr, Paul 
Porter and other New Dealers, 

Coy was an Indiana newspaperman before he became a govern¬ 
ment administrator. He was picked up by Harry Hopkins and became the 
State Administrator of the V/PA. 

He left government service to become assistant to Eugene 
Meyer, publisher of the ’’Washington Post” and to run his radio sta¬ 
tion. This latter job gives him some leverage for claiming he is a 
practical radio operator. 

So far as I can discover, the spearhead of the Coy appoint¬ 
ment is Paul Porter who, while no longer in the administration, is 
extremely active in Washington politics. These activities cut across 
party lines, which is characteristic of New Dealers who seem willing 
to have a hand in each party, giving nominal allegiance to Truman 
while at the same time building up Gen. Eisenhower as the Republican 

The appointment of Coy as Chairman of the FCC in a campaign 
year would give the New Dealers additional leverage in the control of 
radio and network operations. 

At any rate, it is a suspicious set-up. Coy may be a very 
fine man and a believer in the virtue of private enterprise. I think 
it would be more advantageous to the country to have appointed some¬ 
one to that position v/ho has had no association with the New Deal. 

Compares Truman Press, Radio Conferences To ’’Dead Telephone” 

(Roscoe Drummond, Washington corresoondent for ”The Christ- 

ian Science Monitor” writing in "Look Magazine”) 

The presidential press and radio conference once was the 
nerve-center of the throbbing news of the capital. Today, it has 
reached about the same state of responsiveness as a dead telephone 
with its wires cut and the receiver off the hook. 

This breakdown has choked off to the near-vanishing point 
the knowledge and insight into affairs which used to flow direct from 
the President to the people. And as the nation faces more critical 
and complex decisions than ever before, the need for presidential com¬ 
munication with the people becomes constantly more urgent. 

True, about 100 reporters continue dutifully to file into 
Mr. Truman’s larve, oval office whenever he has decided it is time 
to call a press conference. But much more often than not, Mr. Truman 



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dodges their questions. His replies to the really searching ques¬ 
tions are something like this: No. Figures not yet ready. No, 
there is not. I can’t answer that. I have no information on that* 

I will announce that when it is ready. I haven’t seen it. No. No 
comment. No, no. 

The President is brisk, smiling, friendly - and unreveal¬ 
ing. The obvious reason is that Mr. Truman has not only burned his 
fingers; he has burned his hands and face almost to a crisp, by giv¬ 
ing the wrong answer to a newspaperman’s pertinent question. 

War Brand Radios Go Under As ”Name” Sets Resume Stride 

(Harry Adams in "Chicago Journal of Commerce'*) 

"V/ar babies” are falling by the wayside in the radio manu¬ 
facturing field, and the mortality rate is expected to show a further 

In addition to these ”war babies”, certain leading industry 
executives said manufacturers of private brand radios, which did a 
flourishing business before the war, also are experiencing rough go¬ 

This point was disputed, however, by officials of large 
merchandising companies. They said the established private brand 
radios will command wide markets, but that the newer private brands, 
which also fall in the "war baby” class, are not meeting with such 
widespread acceptance. 

As against this rough sledding for the "war babies”, manu¬ 
facturers of nationally advertised radio sets were said to be enjoy¬ 
ing a high level of business. The jobber stocks of the latter are 
said to average a week’s supply. 

While inventories of these industry leaders were reported 
to be exceedingly slim or non-existent, it was pointed out that 
there are many manufacturers with large stockpiles of radios, run¬ 
ning into as much as four or five months’ supply, 


Extending The Royal Circle 

r^Punch*', London) 

Husband reading an invitation to his v/ife: 

"Mr. and Mrs. Robinson reouest the pleasure of our com¬ 
pany at the marriage on the television set of Her Royal Highness. . .” 




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The vast possibilities of broadcasting a quarter of a cen 
tury hence will be sketched by Frank Stanton, President of the 
Columbia Broadcasting System in a talk titled ’’Broadcasting: 1973”, 
on ’’The Family Hour” Sunday, Jan. 25 (CBS, 6-6:30 P.I^^. EST). 

Mr. Stanton will describe the shape of things to come in 
domestic and worldwide television, facsimile reproduction, direct 
two-way communication between homes and moving vehicles, and other 

Thirty-three citizens, including James L. Fly, former 
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, protesting what 
they called inadequate safeguards in current loyalty tests, joined 
in a letter last week urging the Federal Employees Loyalty Review 
Board to use its influence to cut down the ’’danger of injustices in¬ 
herent in the present wholesale check-up.” 

Among others besides Mr. Fly signing the letter were: The 
Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Archibald r%cLeish, former Assistant 
Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs; A. F. Y/hitney, President of 
the Brotherhood of Railroad Men; Mordecai Johnson, President of How¬ 
ard University, and Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam of the Methodist Episcop¬ 
al Church. 

Allied Radio Corp., 833 Y/est Jackson Blvd., Chicago, filed 
an answer with the Federal Trade Commission denying charges of mis¬ 
representing the prices and tube capacity of radio receiving sets. 

Defending its advertising claims as ’’true and accurate”, 
the corporation denies that inclusion of rectifier tubes in repre¬ 
sentations as to tube capacity is misleading. Contrary to the alle¬ 
gations of the complaint, the answer asserts, such tubes do perform 
a recognized and customary function of radio tubes in the operation 
of a radio receiving set. It adds that the respondent’s representa¬ 
tions as to tube capacity have described rectifier tubes as such, 
and declares that^the practice of including such devices in the tube 
count is general in the industry. Coupled with the denial of mis¬ 
representation is a statement that the corporation has, however, dis¬ 
continued the challenged representations. 

As to the charge of price misrepresentation, the respondent 
avers that its ”net prices” are not fictitious, as alleged in the 
complaint, but are the prices at which it regularly sells its radios, 
and that lower prices quoted for ’’lots of three” are ’’special or re¬ 
duced prices for quantity purchases”. 

The present French standard of transmission from the Paris 
station (425 lines, 25 frames interlaced) v/ill be continued for a 
period of 10 years. A higher definition system (probably 1,029 lines) 
will also be put into service in the capital within the next 2 or 3 
years, and extensions to the provinces will be on this standard. 

Transmissions from Paris are at present radiated 5 days a 
week on 46 Mc/s (vision) and 42 Mc/s (sound). 


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Edgar Kobak, President of the ^■''utual Broadcasting System 
calls for a merging of the two radio program rating services - A, C. 
Nielson Company and C. E. Hooper, as one important step toward secur¬ 
ing '’better and more integrated radio research which business can use 
with confidence”. 

'’V7e should have one industry-wide Coverage authority. I 
think the various methods - including ’’listenability” - should be 
used, each in its proper place, under the direction of a single 
organization responsible to the industry”, says Nr. Kobak. '’Research 
costs need to be cut all along the line; waste should be eliminated.” 

Frank Sinatra has applied to the Federal Communications 
Commission for a standard broadcast station at Palm Springs, Calif., 
1 KIV power, ouestions raised were (a) Should the FCC give Frank an 
audition and (b) should the call letters be WSIN? 

Emerson Radio & Phonograph Corp, and wholly ov/ned subsid¬ 
iaries had a net income after taxes of '^^2,263,024 for the fiscal year 
ended last October 31, the company’s annual report showed Jan. 19. 
This amounted to '^5..65 per share on 400,000 shares of capital stock. 

The previous year, net income after taxes was §1,340,356 or 
§3.35 a share. The report said net sales for the year ended Oct. 31 
amounted to a record §32,658,122 compared with '^'23,088,882 the pre¬ 
vious year. 

The wife of the British Ambassador Lady Inverchapel, as 
well as Mrs. Narciso Ramos, wife of the Philippine I'inister to the 
United States, will be hostesses to tea honoring delegates to the 
annual national convention of the Association of V/omen Broadcasters. 
The convention is being held in 'Vashington from January 29 through 
February 1. 

ICrs. Truman will receive the 200 or so delegates at the 
White House. 

In a decision restricting the right to judicial review of 
FCC action, the U, 3, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 
last week held that the District Court had properly refused to issue 
a declaratory judgment that Station WBAL was entitled to a withdrawal 
of statements made about V/BAL in the ‘'^CC ’’Blue Book”. 

Treating as true the V/BAL claim that the statements were 
unwarranted misrepresentations and libelous, the court said that the 
publication of them was a legal wrong, but that the station was with¬ 
out a remedy. 

The Federal Communications last week granted consent to 
transfer of control of Yi/PTR, Albany, N.Y. , Patroon Broadcasting Co., 
Inc., from H. E. Blodgett, agent for 10 stockholders, to Schine 
Chain Theatres, Inc., for a total consideration of '^101,500,00. 

Mrs, Ralph Edwards, wife of the genial emcee of NBC’s 
’’Truth or Conseouences” program, will present a check for §6 70,000 
to Mrs, Harry S. Truman for the March of Dimes campaign, at a V/hite 
KcMise luncheon Saturday, Jan, 31, The money was raised'by the ”T or 
C” program during the ’’Miss Hush” contest, 



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Tobey On Warpath For FM Redress; Attacks FCC, NBC Officials,.1 

New Probe Of Moving Fhl Upstairs Seen; Campaign Issue Hinted..3 

Berkeley Named A WMAL Vice-President.... 5 

Next Sun-Powered Pocket Sets, Facsimile Newspapers In Color, 
V/ashington Trade Board Honors Burkland. 

President Signs Bill For More Adeauate ’’Voice Of America”... 
California Television Beams Travel 115 Miles Without ’’Boost” 

RMA To Give Radio Set Servicing A Going Over. 

Lawyers Displeased With Way Radio Depicts Crime, Themselves. 

Overton Bill Would Require Year Around Standard Time.10 

Sonora Agrees To FTC Stipulation Re Number Of Tubes.10 

0*K’S Coy, FCC Head; Coy Denies NBC Influence.11 

300-Kilowatt FM Signals Aired By RCA During Test Broadcasts.11 

V/here Interference To Television Comes From...12 

New Radio Editors Program Poll To Buck Hooper And Other Raters!!*!l2 

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The stinging letter from Senator Charles W. Tobey (R), of 
New Hampshire, to Wayne Coy, recently appointed Chairman of the 
Federal Communications Commission, coming as it did after Mr. Coy’s 
examination and apparent finishing up of Mr. Coy’s case by the 
Senator when ¥x, Coy appeared before the Senate Interstate and^ 
Foreign Commerce Committee last week, came as a complete surprise. 
Friends of the new Chairman were congratulating Mr* Coy on how well 
he had undergone his first "bath of fire" of the Committee which con¬ 
trols the destinies of the FCC when the following epistle from 
Senator Tobey almost exploded in his face: 

"In view of the ouestions raised during the hearing before 
our committee on January 20, particularly with respect to the charge 
I made that Commission records in the FM (freouency modulation alloc¬ 
ation) hearings and finding were altered, I am interested in knowing 
what, if anything, the Commission intends to do about the matter. 

"I realize that you were not Chairman of the Commission 
when this alteration of records, or in fact the whole sorry mess of 
shifting frequency modulation allocations, took place. But I am con¬ 
cerned with what a Government agency', coming under the jurisdiction 
of this Committee, will do when such a misfeasance- of duty is called 
to its attention. Therefore, I will look forward to hearing from you 
both with respect to what you intend to do and what finally is done 
to clear this matter, and to insure that similar action will not be 
lightly attempted again. 

"Also, before the record of the hearing is closed, I would 
like answers to some further ouestions which I did not put to you 
yesterday (Jan. 20) because of the length of the Committee meeting 
and the necessity of discussing pending legislative business. I 
shall appreciate answers to these Questions at your earliest conven¬ 
ience so that they may be made a part of the public record. 

"1, It is a matter of common understanding in radio broad¬ 
cast circles', and has been referred to in the trade press, that of¬ 
ficials of the National Broadcasting Company have been particularly 
interested in your appointm.ent and confirmation as Chairman of the 
Federal Communications Commission, and more particularly that its 
Washington Vice President, Frank Russell, has stated on a number of 
occasions that Coy is his candidate. Variety, in fact, publicly com¬ 
plimented Russell on this accomplishment, I realize that you cannot 
be responsible for what others say or do, but I am sure that you must 
realize that when the largest corporation in the telecommunications 
field, having paramount interest in v;hat the Commission does and may 
do about the development of Ff'I and television, is charged with such 
utterances about a public official, it becomes important that such 
charges be publicly and vigorously disavowed and repudiated. It is 
my opinion that a statement from you in this respect would be desir¬ 
able and healty in restoring public confidence in the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission, 


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”2* In connection with question No, 1, it is noted that 
the last Chairman, Mr. Denny, is now an influential and highly paid 
employee of the National Broadcasting Company. It has been stated 
that Mr. Denny was instrumental in your appointment as Chairman of 
the Commission, a matter to which you alluded briefly during yester¬ 
day’s hearing. You suggested that you know Mr, Denny ’fairly well’; 
it has been reported to me that even since your appointment you have 
seen Ih'. Denny with great freouency and that he is an intimate couns¬ 
elor of yours. In view of the fact that Mr. Denny’s departure from 
the Commission has been followed with a number of charges, made pub¬ 
licly in a hearing before the Commission, it occurs to me that a new 
appointee to the Commission is not helping himself or public confi¬ 
dence in the agency by intimate conferences with a representative of 
the largest entity in the radio broadcast field, A discussion of 
this matter and your feelings about it may prove helpful. 

”3, To what extent, if any, will either the counsel, 
advice, or friendship of Messrs, Denny or Russell affect, alter or 
modify any decision or actions you take as Chairman of the Federal 
Communications Commission? 

”4. I note from the Commission’s last annual report that 
the Commission completed 315 hearings during the last fiscal year 
but that 734 hearing cases were still pending. At that rate it will 
require two years for the Commission to clear up pending hearing 
cases alone. In viev/ of the fact that one of the principal com¬ 
plaints about the Commission is a charge that citizens are prevented 
from investing funds in radio enterprises and the development of the 
art is slov/ed down by Commission bottlenecks, what do you propose 
to do about this important matter-^ 

”f. Members of the Committee particularly concerned about 
radio legislation believe that the basic tenet of Title III of the 
Communications Act dealing with radio broadcast matters lies in the 
authority the Commission has exercised to review the public interest 
operation of a licensee. As you know, the large radio broadcast 
interests believe that the Commission should have no such power, thus 
in effect granting them a license in perpetuity. What are your views 
about this situation; do you believe the law should be strengthened 
to make certain that the people, through their Congress {v;hose arm 
you are) retain this power to see that radio stations are operated in 
the public interest?" 


The Streamline Black and White Taxis Association of Bristol, 
England, plans to equip 40 taxis with two-way radios, and ultimately 
to link up about 140 vehicles at an approximate cost of L20,000 (ap¬ 
proximately US.t80,50C). The equipment will be virtually the same as 
that used in fighter aircraft during World War II, 



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Unless Senator Charles V/. Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, 
Acting Chairman of the Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Com¬ 
mittee, is pacified, the belief is that the bitter old fight of mov¬ 
ing FI/; from the 50 to the 100 megacycle band may be continued indef¬ 
initely. This v/as indicated in Senator Tobey’s sharp examination of 
Wayne Coy, nominee for Chairman of the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mittee, and George E, Sterling for Commissioner., and the caustic 
letter he wrote to Mr. Coy later. 

Also by Representative V/illiam Lemke (R), of North Dakota^ 
pressing his resolution (H.J. Res. 78) at this time which has now 
been broadened to include the 50-mc frequencies in addition to the 
100-mc now in use. The Lemke hearing will be held before the House 
Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee Tuesday, February 3rd. 

When they appeared before the Senate Committee both Mr. 

Coy and Mr. Sterling agreed with Senator Tobey that there should be 
a new investigation of the reallocation of FI.4 to the 100-mc. band. 
There were those who believed the controversy might even creep in as 
a campaign issue. Senator Tobey, who is acting as Chairman of the 
Committee during the illness of Senator V/allace VJhite (R), of Maine, 
both with Chairman Coy and Commissioner Sterling hammered away at 
the admission of K. A. Norton, upon whose advice the much disputed 
reallocation was made by the FCC that he, Norton, had made a mistake 
in the calculations, 

’’Norton said he didn’t have sufficient information, but the 
Federal Communications Commission hid behind his testimony”, Senator 
Tobey declared, ”and made this drastic move which almost crucified 
FI/I.” Dr. Armstrong testified that a confidential report of a secret 
hearing admitted the mistake, but that someone altered the public 
record so that it denied that any mistake had been made. 

I Turning to Mr. Sterling, Senator Tobey asked, ”If you were 

in the Commission as a member, and a situation like that arose, and 
you found that records has been changed to conceal something from 
the public when the law specifically charges that the public interest 
is paramount, what would you do, would you be indignant about it? 

Mr, Sterling . I certainly would; I think it would call for an 
investigation and I would prefer charges against the man if the 
investigation warranted. 

Senator Tobey . I am glad to hear you say that. Dr. Armstrong, 
who is a man of the highest integrity -- 

Mr. Sterling . I know him and I hope nothing will ever come up 
that will dissolve the friendship and respect that I have for him. 

Senator Tobey : He is one of God’s noblemen. He testified that 
a confidential report of this secret hearing admitted that Mr. 


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Norton had made a mistake, but that someone altered the public report 
of the hearing so that nobody would know. Those documents have been 
in my office and have been examined by Dr, Armstrong and others. 

Now if it is established that such a thing took place within 
the Commission, what steps would you, as a member, take to prevent a 
recurrence of such a situation? 

I am speaking more particularly about altering the records and 
the concealment. If that were established in the future you would 
be righteously indignant, would you not? 

Mr, Sterling , I would. 

Senator Tobey , And you would cry out loud? 

Mr, Sterling , I certainly would. 

Addressing Mr, Coy, Senator Tobey asked: Now if it is 
established that such a thing took place v/ithin the Commission, 
what steps would you take to prevent a recurrence of such a situation? 

Mr, Coy . It would seem to me that all matters relating to 
any allocation should be available to the public at all times. 

Senator Tobey , You would be absolutely against anybody rigging 
these things., and you would let the public know what is going on? 

Mr, Coy , I would 

Senator Tobey , You would be absolutely against altering records, 
which is pretty near a criminal offense? 

Mr, Coy , Absolutely., . 

Senator Tobey asked Chairman Coy what he thought of the 
future of freouency modulation, 

Mr, Coy , I think that frequency modulation is by all odds the 
best of the oral broadcasting services that we have, and I believe 
that in the future it is going to replace in large part, very large 
part, what we now know as the standard broadcast band. 

Senator Tobey , And of course there is a perfectly understand¬ 
able reason for the prejudice of AM against it because it upset the 
existing tooling and machines and so forth, isn^t that true? 

Mr, Coy , That is right, but not all the people on the broadcast 
band are opposed to it. Probably one-third to one-half of the stand¬ 
ard broadcasting stations are either operating PM stations now or 
have permits or applications for them. 

Senator Brewster (R), of Maine, asked Mr-, Coy whether he 
was against stations editorializing. 


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Mr. Coy. Against the station owner expressing his individual 
views on political and controversial issues. The stations are not 
precluded, under that decision, from presenting programs dealing 
with public and controversial issues; it is the individual station 
owner whose opinion is not permitted under that decision. 

Senator Clyde Reed (R), of Missouri. I am glad you do not apply 
that to the owners of newspapers. 

Mr. Coy . The Commission could hardly do that. V/e have no juris¬ 
diction there. 

The examination of Mr. Coy concluded in a lighter vein when 
the following exchange took place with regard to higher rates charged 
by some stations for political broadcasts. 

Senator Brian McMahon (D), of Connecticut. The soap opera pays 
a certain rate, and Senator McFarland or Senator Brewster would have 
to pay one and a half times as much. Have you given that problem 
any thought or consideration as to what should be done about that? 

Jf; 5); 5|c 5^: 

Senator Brewster . V/ould the Chairman consider this a fair ques¬ 
tion — as to what rates he would charge General Eisenhower for a 
broadcast at this time? (Date of hearing January 20th) 

Mr. Coy . Are you putting that Question to Senator Tobey? 

Senator Tobey . Whatever you charge, it would be worth the price, 
I promise you that. Is there any other answer wanted? 

Senator Moore . Are not all these political broadcasts worth more 
than soap operas? 

Senator Tobey . No, I think a soap opera is not worth anything, 

I think it is a liability to every hearer, but that is only my opinr 
ion. Some political addresses are not much better, either, and I 
make some n^self. 



Kenneth H* Berkeley, Manager of the Washington . D. C. 
Evening Star stations (V/MAL, V/IML-TV, VJMAL-FM) , has been named 
Vice-President of the stations. Manager of the Star radio inter¬ 
ests since \WJiL was purchased by the paper, Mr, Berkeley was formerly 
Manager of both WRC and WT.IAL under NBC ownership. The announcement 
of his promotion was made by Samuel H. Kauffmann, President of 
Evening Star Broadcasting Co., following the annual meeting of the 
Board held January 17* 




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Pocket receiving sets powered by sunlight, personal send¬ 
ing sets also small enough to be carried about, facsimile newspapers 
with pictures in full color printed before breakfast on home receiv¬ 
ers, globe-girdling color television and major educational advances 
through its use — 

All these and more are going to be enjoyed within the next 
25 years, Frank Stanton, President of the Columbia Broadcasting 
System, said in a talk last Sunday night on CBS’’’Family Hour” program. 

’’Here we can begin to see the expanding role which broad¬ 
casting is expected to play in our democracy in the next 25 years", 
he said, 

"New developments in programming, both in radio and tele¬ 
vision, will certainly sti^iulate and expand a greater sense of our 
participation in the affairs of government, and will lift to even 
greater heights the cultural level of the nation”, he said. 

For those who might consider his predictions somewhat fan¬ 
tastic, Dr. Stanton observed ”... All of these ideas are already 
out of the fantasy stage, and well in sight . . , after all, if I 
could have accurately predicted 25 years ago what radio would be like 
today, almost nobody then would have believed it. Who could have 
guessed that in such a short time, more than 9 out of 10 of all fam¬ 
ilies in the United States would have radio sets in their homes or 
foreseen the wealth of entertainment and information provided by 
radio today to every part of the country . . 

Citing hospital staff plans for televising medical opera¬ 
tions by eminent surgeons for special audiences of students and 
scientists, Mr, Stanton said "... indeed, television may well be¬ 
come the most eloquent of all text books right in the school room 



Carl I. Burkland, former General I'^anager of WTOP, Washing¬ 
ton, and newly appointed General Manager of CBS Radio Sales in New 
York, was awarded a testimonial scroll in a surprise ceremony last 
week at a general membership meeting of the Washington Board of Trade 
in a sold-out Constitution Hall. lohn A. Reilly, President of the 
Board of Trade, made the aresentation« 

"You have typified the devoted business and professional 
leadership the Board of Trade must enlist in its work for the wel¬ 
fare of the Nation’s Capital" the scroll read, "It seems most fit¬ 
ting that this testimonial should be awarded to you in Constitution 
Hall tonight at the largest general meeting in our history, planned 
under your direction, and with your colleague Arthur Godfrey as the 
principal participant." 


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As had been expected., President Truman signed the Mundt- 
Smith Bill for an up-to-date and adequate "Voice of America”. This 
act is merely an authorization to proceed. Funds will have to be 
appropriated later. It is expected that the President and Secretary 
Marshall will advocate not only a larger range of propaganda work 
but will permit the radio end of it to use more time and lengthen 
and improve its broadcasts. 

Present American expenditures under the controversial year- 
to-year basis on which "the Voice" has functioned through a presi¬ 
dential executive order are at a rate of $12,000,000 a year# 

The Act’s sponsors said they expected an early request from 
the State Department for $5,000,000 to carry the bigger, permanent 
program through the present fiscal year. For the fiscal year start¬ 
ing July 1 the requested appropriation was expected to be $50,000,000 
less than one-half of the current Russian outlay, the sponsors point¬ 
ed out. 



"When the weather is ’right’ we see television in San 
Diego as clearly as people see it in Los Angeles." This was the con¬ 
sensus of statements made to Harry R. Lubcke, Director of Television 
of the Don Lee Broadcasting System, who spent the last few days in 
San Diego checking reception and collecting experience of viewers. 

"We are familiar with the phenomen’, Mr. Lubcke declared, 
"having investigated it scientifically because of its impact on tele¬ 
vision as a broadcasting service. Although San Diego at 115 miles 
away is considerably below ’line-of-sight’, the television waves are 
gradually bent around the surface of the earth by a convenient 
coastal "temperature inversion". That is, warm desert air normally 
overlays the cool ocean air at elevations above 2,000 feet. This is 
in the "tropospheric region" of the atmosphere, the region which 
affects almost all weather; hence the correlation between weather and 
this long distance television transmission. A "frontal disturbanc’fei 
namely a rainstorm, destroys the above stratification and the signals 
from Hollywood drop to an undesirably low value. San Diego lookers 
claim that they can predict a storm because television reception 
drops out a few hours before, 

Mr. Lubcke found television receivers in restaurants and 
taverns and even in the Naval Hospital. He was told by Karl F, Kuhle 
pioneer receptionist now active in the television installation and 
service business, that one hundred television receivers are in oper¬ 
ation in the San Diego area. Of these, approximately 60 are of com¬ 
mercial manufacture, including at least one or two of each brand now 
on the market, but slanted toward one particular brand which is on 
sale in that area and which appears to give the best operation# 


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Adoption of a joint industry program to improve radio set 
servicing, athorization to continue and expand the RMA ”Radio-In- 
Every Room” merchandising campaign through 1948, and merger of the 
Rt'IA annual convention and parts trade show in 1949 and subsequent 
years highlighted the three-day RMA mid-winter conference in Chicago 
last week. 

The Board of Directors approved recommendations of the RliA 
Service Committee setting up a joint industry plan with combined par¬ 
ticipation of manufacturers, jobbers, dealers and servicemen, in a 
move to eliminate or minimize abuses and to improve radio service for 
the public. Set manufacturers will be urged to advise radio set 
owners, through advertising and other means., to patronize "authoriz¬ 
ed” franchised dealers and servicemen whenever their radios are in 
need of repair. The Service Committee, in its report to the Board 
of Directors, reiterated RJiA. opposition to municipal licensing, as 
ineffective for the public. 

The Directors also approved continuation and expansion of 
a plan tried out in Philadelphia, Ian. 11-13, under the name of ’’Town 
Meeting of Radio Technicians”, after hearing a report that the Phil¬ 
adelphia experiment had been highly successful. RMA will copyright 
the name ’’Town Meeting of Radio Technicians” and the Board approved 
a recommendation of the RMA Parts Division that similar clinics for 
radio servicemen be held in five major cities annually. Details of 
plans for the new ’’Town Meetings” will be worked out at a meeting of 
the Radio Parts Industry Coordinating Committee, which initiated and 
sponsored the Philadelphia experiment, at a meeting Thursday, Ian.29, 
at the Lexington Hotel, New York City. 

Both plans for raising the standards of radio technicians 
call for close cooperation with organized servicemen’s associations. 
The ’’Town Meeting” program will be featured, as in Philadelphia, by 
the dissemination of the latest technical information on the servic¬ 
ing of television and M receivers. The Philadelphia meeting indi¬ 
cated that increasing production and sales of television receivers 
are raising serious problems in some areas due to the shortage of 
trained technicians to service sets. 

The 1949 RNA convention will mark the twenty-fifth anniver¬ 
sary of the Association and an elaborate program and industry banquet 
are planned. The Directors voted to dispense with a banquet during 
the 1948 convention, to be held lune 14-17, in Chicago, and authoriz¬ 
ed Convention Chairman Leslie F. Muter to substitute a membership 




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It appears from an address by Arthur I., Freund of St,Louis., 
Mo., who is Chairman of the section of criminal law of the American 
Bar Association which has been reprinted in the Congressional Record 
(Ian.. 13) at the request of Representative Claud^ I, Bakewell (R), 
of Missouri, that in addition to being critical of the way motion 
pictures, radio broadcasting and comic strips are presenting crime, 
the lawyers are also not happy at the way these mediums are portray¬ 
ing the judges and the lawyers themselves-, 

’♦The problem concerns itself, so far as we of the bar view 
it,, (a) with the emphasis placed by the three media upon the depic¬ 
tion of crime and the portrayal of the manner in which crimes of 
violence are committed, detected, and prosecuted; and (b) the manner 
in which the lawyer, the judge., and the processes of law are depict¬ 
ed”, Mr,. Freund declared. 

During the course of his address, he said: 

”We are deeply gratified that the National Broadcasting Co. 
has officially recognized the problems we seek to correct. In a code 
formulated for its future programs, it is provided among other cor¬ 
rective measures, that: 

”’Law, justice, and officers of the law should be portray¬ 
ed without disparagement or ridicule, but with respect.’ 

”It gives further recognition to our position that: 

’’’The vivid, living portrayal of crime * * * dramas on the 
air, has an impact on the juvenile, adolescent or impressionable 
mentality that cannot be underestimated.’ 

”As a first corrective functional operation, the National 
Broadcasting Co. will broadcast its crime programs at hours when 
children are supposed to be in bed and fast asleep. With this explic¬ 
it recognition of the harmful effects of these programs by the in¬ 
dustry we may expect even better results.”* * * 

’’lack Could, radio editor of the New York Times, wrote: 

’’’Radio programs heard by children again have moved to the 
forefront of controversial subjects in broadcasting. Several parent- 
teacher groups in various parts of the country have indicated the 
”crime shows” and the hair-raising serial ’’thrillers” as psychologi¬ 
cal dangers to impressionable youngsters as possible stimulants to 
juvenile delinauency. ’ * * 

”As a corrollary, consideration can be given by the Ameri¬ 
can Bar Association, through an appropriate group or section, acting 
alone in the name of the association, or in conjunction with other 
organizations in the public interest, to appear before the Federal 
Communications Commission and oppose the renewal of a license of a 
key radio broadcasting station on the ground that the great volume 
of its programs devoted to crime portrayals warrants the Commission 
in refusing to grant the renewal of the license# 

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"V'Jhile the Coranission, as we understand its public views, 
has no desire whatever to censor the content of radio-broadcast pro¬ 
grams, the law directs the Commission to grant licenses and renewals 
only if the public interest, necessity and convenience will be serv¬ 
ed thereby. Such intervention by the American Bar Association would 
focus national attention on the subject we are considering here to¬ 
day, A denial of license renev/al by the Commission on such ground 
would produce results which no one can now foresee with any clarity 
or precision,” 



Senator John H. Overton (D), Louisiana, last week struck at 
daylight-saving time for V/ashington with a bill to require Federal 
agencies and officials to operate on standard time. 

Senator Overton said: 

”I have introduced this bill to require that the standard 
time now prevailing throughout the United States shall be used in 
connection with all business affecting commerce and also affecting 
all offices and departments of the United States Government, legis- 
! lative, judicial, and executive. This bill is intended by me as a 

I counterattack against the daylight savings bill for the District of 

Columbia which was enacted last March, It was not observed by the 
railroads or other common carriers. It is opposed by the National 
Association of Broadcasters, and most of the district committees of 
that association have gone on record in opposition. It has produced 
much confusion and much trouble, 


”We should have a regular standard time prevailing through¬ 
out the United States, and that is the puroose I have in offering 
’ this bill. I wish to have it appropriately referred, and I should 

: like to have it acted upon as soon as possible. 


For release in Afternoon Newspapers of Friday, January 50, 1948 . 


The Federal Trade Commission approved a stipulation in 
which Sonora Radio & Television Corp., Chicago, agrees to cease and 
desist from representing that any radio receiving set contains desig¬ 
nated tubes or is of a designated tube capacity when one or more of 
the tubes referred to are devices v/hich do not perform the recognized 
and customary functions of radio receiving set tubes in the detection, 
amplification and reception of radio signals. 

The stipulation recites that advertisements disseminated 
by the Sonora corporation had listed in the ’’tube complement” of its 
radio receiving sets a rectifier, which serves only the auxiliary fun¬ 
ction of changing alternating current into direct current, 

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Despite criticism of the Federal Communications Commission 
by Senator Charles V/. Tobey, Acting Chairman of the Senate Interstate 
and Foreign Commerce Committee,daring the hearings on the fitness of 
Wayne Coy to serve as FCC Chairman, and George E. Sterling, as Com¬ 
missioner, the Committee on Tuesday afternoon (Jan, 27} unanimously 
approved their nomination. It is expected that this action will be 
acted upon further by the Senate within the next few days* 

Prior to the Senate Committee’s action, it read an exchange 
of letters between Senator Tobey and Chairman Coy in which the Senat¬ 
or asked as to future action of the Commission in certain matters and 
whether or not it was true that Frank E. Russell,Washington Vice- 
President of the National Broadcasting Company, had in any way been 
responsible for his appointment as Chairman. The Senator wrote Coy 
asking him to reply to charges that ”NBC was particularly interested” 
in his appointment, 

Mr. Coy replied: 

”I vigorously repudiate any allegation made directly or by 
implication that I am the candidate of any broadcasting interest, or 
any communications interests.”. 

He said that he particularly repudiated ”any allegation that 
I am the candidate of the National Broadcasting Company, or its 
Washington Vice President, Mr,' Frank Russell,” 

Mr. Coy said the public interest would be ’’first” in the 
performance of his duties as FCC Chairman. He added that any personal 
friendships he has with anyone in broadcasting ’’will in no way in¬ 
fluence me in the exercise of my best judgment as to what is in the 
public interest.” 

Mr, Coy is FCC Chairman by interim appointment to fill out 
the unexpired term of Charles R. Denny-, former Chairman, The term 
expires June 30, 1951. The appointment is subject to Senate confirma¬ 



The most pov/erful FM signals ever radiated in this country 
in the new Fll channels, measured at over 300 kilowatts of effective 
power, were successfully employed for the first time during recent 
test broadcasts conducted by the RCA Engineering Products Department. 

The tests were carried out over RCA’s experimental FM sta¬ 
tion, W23XR, by feeding the output of the new RCA 50-kw FM transmitter, 
first commercial transmitter of this power to be designed for opera¬ 
tion in the 88-108 megacycle band, to a four-section RCA ’^ylon Anten¬ 
na, which has an effective power gain of six. The transmitter actu¬ 
ally fed^eo kilowatts of power into the antenna, producing a radiated 
signal with an effective power of 360 kilowatts. 

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A great many owners of television receivers are experienc¬ 
ing annoying difficulties with interference to their reception of 
programs, says the American Radio Relay League, ’’They have each 
paid some hundreds of dollars for a piece of radio receiving equip¬ 
ment, Naturally, they become angry when their television screens 
are marked with disruptive lines or drifting grille patterns, or 
when the picture is blotted out altogether”, the League states. 

”It appears to be customary and convenient to blame the 
amateur radio operators, ot ’hams’, for the interference. The facts 
in the matter do not indicate that the amateurs are fundamentally at 
fault. In the general interference situation confronting the tele¬ 
vision receiver owner, there are three major points: 

’’First, in approximately one-half the cases of interfer¬ 
ence, the fault has been traced to inadequate design and construction 
of the television receiver. 

’’Second, while an amateur radio operator’s transmitter is 
indeed often the source of interference in the remaining cases, there 
are a number of other sources much more prevalent. 

’’Third, the interference to television receivers from 
amateurs and from some of the other sources could be materially re¬ 
duced by a comparatively simple rearrangement of frequencies by the 
Federal Communications Commission.” 



Starting last week. Variety , the amusement field magazine, 
in cooperation with Dick Mansfield, freelance researcher, inaugurated, 
on a continuing basis, a poll of the nation’s top radio editors. 

These editors are to be polled weekly in an attempt to evaluate pro¬ 
grams on a qualitative level.. 

’’While it’s recognized that the Hoopers and the Nielsons 
serve their useful purpose to the advertiser”, says Variety , ”the 
agency, the network and the station, it’s also felt that a Quality 
Rating Service, based on the choice of the nation’s radio editors and 
critics can better reflect the genuine quality of programs.” 

The new rating system has a possible high of 30 points. 

The first week’s results in the leading places were: 

1. Bing Crosby, 22,1; 2, Amos ’n’ Andy, 21,5; 3. Fibber and 
Molly, 21,0; 4, Lux Radio Theatre, 20.5; 5. Fred Allen, 20.4; 

6, Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, 19,3; lack Benny, 10.9 and 0. Duffy’s 
Tavern, 10,5, 


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They Speak For Democracy 

("Washington Post*’) 

The four high school girls to whom Attorney General Clark 
will today present awards as winners of the ’’Voice of Democracy” com¬ 
petition are honored visitors in the Capital. They topped some 
20,000 contestants in all parts of the country, boys among them al¬ 
though one would never suspect it from the outcome, to win trips to 
Washington and *^500 scholarships in a contest sponsored by the 
National Association of Broadcasters, the Junior Chamber of Commerce 
and the Radio Manufacturers’ Association, The contest as a whole 
afforded reassurance as to the soundness of democracy in this country 
at the grass roots. Each contestant made a 5-minute speech, ”I 
Speak For Democracy.” They spoke not alone with fervor but with a 
maturity of outlook and a sense of the significance of their subject 
that went entirely beyond the conventions of patriotism® We con¬ 
gratulate the winners, Laura Shatto, Hagerstown, T'^d,; Janet Geister, 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Alice V/ade Tyree, Lawton, Okla.; and Rose 
Ellen Mudd, Missoula, I'ont., on their triumph - and even more on their 
understanding of the richness of their heritage. 

Bigger TV Tubes And Better Pictures 
(Martin Codel’s ’’Television Digest and FIvI Reports) 

Next big step by pacemakers in swift march of TV will be 
larger direct-view screens in table models — at prices not very much 
higher than present standardized 10-in. RCA has something brand new 
in the works, 'soon to be announced, Philco is reported working on 
12-in, Dui^ont, of course, never went along with industry’s 10-in. 
standard, has specialized in 12, 15 and 20-in, but mainly on high- 
cost models with very limited production. Whole problem of tube- 
size is due for radical overhauling soon, with something bound to be 
done to bridge gap between medium-priced 10-in. and high-priced pro¬ 
jection models. 

V/e confess we’re hipped on subject of larger direct-view 
images -- ever since watching Du]\^ont*s 12, 15 and 20-in. screens 
simultaneously alongside 7 and 10-in, as well as projection. In our 
book, 15-in. or thereabouts, doubtless soon attainable in mass produc¬ 
tion and at lower price levels, will be to W market what Pontiac- 
Buick-Chrysler are to automotive. They certainly provide vastly more 
satisfactory images than Ford-like 10-in. 

Problem of bigger cabinets for bigger tubes, modified cir¬ 
cuits, can easily be met. One company (Kent Woodcraft Corp., Brook¬ 
lyn) is already advertising compact furniture it calls ’’conversion 
cabinets”, accommodating 15-in, tube, popular with kit builders. But 
key problem is producing bigger tubes on mechanized basis, and that 
should be licked reasonably soon. Big tube blank maker Corning Glass 
V/orks produces most of the 10-in, blanks, but only hand-blown 12, 15 
and 20-in, ’’bottles” as yet; DuMont is said to have first call on 


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whole output on these bigger tubes, 

There^s plenitude of 10-in. blanks, which factories like 
RCA’s at Lancaster, Pa., are eauipped to process on mass production 
basis. But 10-in. is only a preview of the TV parade. Watch for 
bigger things to cornel 

Foresight Not So Good As Hindsight 

(Bill Gold in ’’Washington Post'*) 

Those Coronet radio commercials for an Eisenhower article 
sounded a bit hollow in the days immediately following General Ike’s 
disclaimer of candidacy. One portion went, ’’Read why the author 
thinks that if the issue is put to General Eisenhower, he’ll accept." 

Why Petrillo Fears Television 

("Washington Star'*) 

Representative Landis, Republican, of Indiana, asked Mr. 
Petrillo to explain why he won’t allow musicians to play on televi¬ 
sion broadcasts. 

Mr, Petrillo replied it was because 18,000 musicians in 
the movie theaters were thrown out of work "overnight" when sound 
movies were invented, and the union wants some guarantee that same 
thing will not happen to musicians employed by the radio industry. 

He added: 

"Are we right or wrong? Frankly we don’t know. V/e have 
asked the industry ’ViHiat is the future of television? They tell me, 
’lim, we don’t know.’ They have the opinion that television will 
make more work for musicians, but they will give no written guarantee" 

Opposition Seen To Venerable Sen, Capper’s Re-Election 

{"Terre Haute Star’*) 

For years without number Arthur Capper, 82-year-old Sen¬ 
ator from Kansas, has been haranguing his colleagues in the national 
legislature. His topic: Prohibition. His most recent action was 
introduction of a bill which would have prohibited newspapers, radio 
and magazines from accepting liquor advertisements. 

During most of his lengthy career in the Senate, the Kansan 
has periodically run for re-election without opposition in his own 
party. But his term is up next year, and this time it will be dif¬ 
ferent. V/hether they think that senility will get the old boy down 
for the count this time or that Kansans are tired of his ideas, pol¬ 
iticians in Capper’s state are not lining up for another term for 
the old prohibitionist, 

Andrew Schoeppel, who retired as governor of Kansas a year 
ago, has entered the fray against Capper, and is attracting formid¬ 
able support of political leaders. The campaign, unless Capper 
should withdraw, promises to be one of those historical affrays which 
leave permanent imprints upon politics of states." 





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Showing the growing importance of radar as an industry and 
the need for radar aboard commercial vessels since V-T Day, Raytheon, 
through its marine affiliate, Submarine Signal Co*, and its agent, 
Mackay Radio & Telegraph Co., has sold more than 450 Mariners Path¬ 
finder radars. 

The ’’Standards of Good Engineering Practice Concerning 
Standard Broadcast Stations” (550-1600 kc), revised to October 30, 
1947, are now on sale by the Superintendent of Documents, Government 
Printing Office, V/ashington 25, D,C, for |1,00 a copy. 

Part 2 ’’General Rules and Regulations” revised to June 1, 
1946, is also available at the Government Printing Office for 10 
cents a copy. 

Both of these publications are issued in size 8 x 10 inches 
to fit three-ring binders, 

A. V. Duke has been appointed Assistant Sales Manager for 
Zenith Radio Corporation. Duke joined Zenith in 1928 as a member 

of the accounting department, and in 1931 became Manager of the 
Order Department for the Sales Division. From 1933 to the outbreak 
of war in 1941^ Mr. Duke was a member of the Export Sales Department. 

John H. Norton, Jr.,Vice-President in Charge of Stations, 
of the American Broadcasting Company, stated last v/eek that at the 
close of 1947, ABC had a total of 265 affiliated stations, 257 of 
them in actual operation, Mr, Norton said his belief is that in 
the Coming years the number of ABC affiliates will stabilize at 
about the 265 figure. 

The Pakistan Government has purchased from the Radio Cor¬ 
poration of America, broadcasting equipment to establish a radio net 
work reaching all parts of the newly formed State, from the Capital, 
Karachi, to the cities of Lahore and Dacca, it was announced Tuesday 
by Meade Brunet, Vice President of RCA and Managing Director of the 
RCA International Division, 

The plan calls for the building of five radio stations, 
according to Mr, Brunet. Two of these will employ powerful 50-kilo¬ 
watt short-wave transmitters, two will have 10-kilowatt medium fre¬ 
quency transmitters, and one will be 7|- kilowatt short-wave. Also 
contracted for are associated antenna systems, power generating 
plants, test and measuring apparatus, and studio equipment, A novel 
feature of the installations will be the use of high fidelity FM 
equipment for relaying urograms from the studios to the broadcasting 
transmitters. Completion date is set by July, 1948, 

Crosley Broadcasting Corporation’s Cincinnati television 
outlet changes its call-letters and experimental status Feb. 1, when 
the station becomes VvLViT. For a period of a few weeks thereafter, 
WLWT will operate at the same power as its predecessor, experimental 
station W8XCT, and will jump to full power the latter part of Feb, 



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It was standing room only (in 10 degree weather) as Wash¬ 
ington, D.C, housewives turned out en-masse to greet WOL’s new 
series of "Mett Your Neighbor'* broadcasts that bowed in on the local 
scene last week 10:30 A.M* from the Neptune Room in the heart of the 
downtown shopping area. 

All guests at the broadcasts, which are heard on a Monday through 
Saturday basis are served hot coffee and biscuits through the court¬ 
esy of the V/ashington Flour Company, sponsors of the series. 

Philco Corporation has just announced that it is ready to 
market a new direct-view 23-tube television receiver using a seven- 
inch cathode ray picture tube to retail for ?^199.50 plus excise tax 
and antenna installation, a price which is far lower than any com¬ 
parable receiver, it was stated by lames H. Carmine, Vice President 
in charge of distribution# 

"This new Philco television receiver, Model 700, represents 
the latest developments in the television art, and at $199.50 it is 
by ell odds the greatest buy in the television industry", Carmine 
said, "It gives a picture of remarkable brightness and clarity by 
combining new engineering and design ideas with our highly efficient 
production facilities, we are able to offer this new television re¬ 
ceiver at a far lower price than any other set of comparable quality 
on the market today. Production of Model 700 has already reached sub 
stantial proportions, and shipments to dealers will start in the very 
near future." 

At the same time, Mr. Carmine announced that Philco was 
bringing out a new television receiver with a 10-inch picture tube. 
Model 1001, which is priced at $339.50 plus excise tax and installa¬ 
tion . 

All classes of broadcast stations now total more than 3,800 
having added nearly 300 since the close of the last fiscal year. For 
nonbroadcast stations, the figure exceeded 120,500, a gain of nearly 
8,400 in the six-month period. Slightly more than 60 percent of the 
nonbroadcast stations were amateur; the remainder were safety, spe¬ 
cial and miscellaneous radio services. 

Commercial radio operators numbered 341,000 as compared 
with 325,000 previously reported. Another thousand amateur operat¬ 
ors were added, swelling their ranks to 81,000, 

The crowning event of the BBC*s Silver Jubilee was a visit 
from Their Majesties the King and ^ueen, accompanied by Princess 
Margaret, In the absence through illness of Lord Simon of Wythen- 
shawe, the BBC*s new Chairman, Their Majesties were received at 
Broadcasting House by the Dowager Marchioness of Reading, the Vice- 

A special program had been arranged for the evening, which 
listeners tD the BBC*s Home Service and Light Program shared with lis¬ 
teners overseas, and television cameras were set un in Broadcasting 

Their Majesties and Princess ICargaret visited a studio 
where a section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra was being conducted, 
watched a broadcast from the Concert Hall and spoke to others concern 
with the program and listened to Stuart Hibberd reading the news. Aft 
er refreshments and presentations in the Council Chamber, they watch¬ 
ed a play being broadcast and afterwards spoke to the cast. 



Founded in 1924 


Radio — Television — FM — Communications 

2400 California Street, N. W. 

Washington 8, D. C. 

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Some Hopeful, Others Suspicious, Of Petrillo’s "New Look”..1 

Facsimile Broadcast Standards Hearing Set For March 15.....3 

Tests Begin On Don Lee’s New 500,000 Hollywood Studios*.4 

Voice Of America To Eastern Russia..... 4 

Martin Gives Women Broadcasters Shivers About Air Sabotage5 

FOG Grants 8 New Television Station Licenses,...6 

Radio Receiving Tube Sales Totalled Nearly 2,000,000 In 1947..6 

Congress Told Lemke YlH Proposal Would Correct ”FCC Blunder”...... 7 

Fee Probe Proposed In House; Licensees Fear Commission,,...10 

Nets Accused Of Not Giving Impartial Marshall Plan Facts.11 

Sen. Burt Wheeler May Head AFL Anti-Taft-Hartley Drive......11 

FCC Explains FB-'I Broadcast Station License Applications....12 

Scissors And Paste...... ....... 13 

Trade Notes....... ,...,15 

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February 4^ 1948 


The "new look" of James C. Petrillo in agreeing to relin¬ 
quish his ban against network programs on M and FM facilities, 
authorizing new "live" shows on the 29-station Continental W. net¬ 
work, and extending present network contracts for another 60 days, 
was apparently accepted at its face value and with jubilation by 
many broadcasters but in certain quarters high network officials 
still had their fingers crossed. V/ith the standard broadcast sta¬ 
tion network wage scales of musicians, music for television, and 
other shaky controversial bridges still to be crossed and the same 
old wily Petrillo to be dealt with, finally his latest concessions 
were taken by some of the perspiring and badly overworked network 
and the radio negotiators with a large grain of salt. 

Quite a few jubilant hats went up in the air when word was 
received, twenty-four hours after Mr, Petrillo had authorized dupli¬ 
cation of musical programs over both and FM stations, authorizing 
the Continental FM to resume the presentation of new "live" musical 
programs. The appearance of musicians on new programs carried solely 
over an F^^ network had been banned by the union since last Fall, 

Mr, Petrillo said that removal of the ban on new musical 
programs meant that the Continental network now would negotiate on 
wages with the Federation’s local units in V/ashington and Rochester, 
N.Y., the two cities from which the chain’s "live" musical shows 

Everett L. Dillard, head of the Continental network and 
President of the F!/! Association, said that the action by T!r. Petrillo 
meant that "the Ml music situation is now cleaned up." 

Suggesting that maybe the war is not yet entirely over, the 
New York Times in an editorial, "Petrillo’s About Face", said: 

"Thanks to James C. Petrillo’s belated if none the less wel¬ 
come decision to permit duplication of musical programs over both FM 
and standard stations, freauency modulation radio now is in a posi¬ 
tion to assume its rightful place as the superior form of sound broad¬ 

"The advantages of over present radio have been unani¬ 
mously underscored by engineers in both industry and government. To 
the listener the invention of Major Edwin H. Armstrong brings a 
fidelity of reception and a freedom from static which truly rank 
among science’s modern wonders, A concurrent blessing of the FM 
system is that it will enable many new operators to try their hand 
at enriching and diversifying the program fare available on the air¬ 
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"But it was impossible to expect widespread acceptance of 
FM so long as it could not broadcast the nationally popular programs, 
-as indeed it could not for the last two years because of Nr, Petril- 
lo’s whim. The removal of the union’s arbitrary ban on the develop¬ 
ment of the W. industry rights an economic wrong which never should 
have occurred in the first place. FM radio well is entitled to the 
prosperous future which lies ahead of it. 

"As is his enigmatic habit, Mr. Petrillo chose not to ex¬ 
plain his about-face on the FM question. Similarly, he did not 
elaborate on his conciliatory gestures in averting a threatened net¬ 
work strike and in agreeing not to use the networks as a lever to 
force local stations to hire more members of his American Federation 
of Musicians. Always the realist, Mr. Petrillo apparently recogniz¬ 
ed that his practices of the last spelled only trouble under the 
new legislation passed by Congress, 

Representative Ralph Church (R), of Illinois, extended his 
remarks in the Congressional Record to include an editorial captioned 
"Caesar" from the Chicago Tribune which asserted that Petrillo "sur¬ 
passed John L. Lewis in meglomania, Ouoth the Tribune ; 

"It can’t be said that lames C. Petrillo is totally indif¬ 
ferent to collective bargaining. He deals with the employers of his 
musicians on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, but he is willing to sit 
down across the table with parties whom he considers equal to himself 
in importance and power. The only party that so qualifies, in Mr, 
Petrillo's mind, is the United States Government, In Washington he 
has just offered to dicker with Congress. 

"His lawyer has suggested that Petrillo will lift his ban 
on recordings if Congress will permit him to resume his shake-down 
of recording companies for a so-called union benefit fund, of which 
he has sole control. Contributions to such a fund are prohibited by 
the Taft-Hartley Act, 

"As a union czar, J/Ir. Petrillo has taken the position that 
he can shut down a whole industry, furnishing employment to thousands 
of people and products which millions of people want to buy. Having 
done this, he offers to dicker on the conditions on ivhich his crim¬ 
inal interference with interstate commerce will be stopped. He has 
even found a Member of Congress, Representative Kearns, of Pennsyl¬ 
vania, to write Petrillo’s provisions into a bill to be introduced in 
the House. 

"John L. 
Some day very soon 
the rejoicing will 

Lewis never 
the ceiling 
be great," 

exhibited such megalomania as this, 
is going to fall on Mr. Petrillo, and 



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To finally thresh out the question as to whether there 
shall be dual sizes of the pictures and other important matters^ 
the Federal Communications Commission will hold a hearing Monday» 
March 15th, for the purpose of obtaining further information regard¬ 
ing facsimile broadcasting. The notice reads in part: 

"Facsimile broadcasting has been permitted in the Fhl broad¬ 
cast band (88 to 108 me.) under certain conditions specified in 
Section 3.266 of the Commission’s Rules and Regulations, adopted 
September 12, 1945, and in addition frequencies have been allocated 
for use of facsimile broadcasting in the 470 to 500 me. band. The 
Commission has deferred promulgation of transmission standards and 
rules concerning facsimile broadcasting until such time as data 
should become available to permit the promulgation of standards and 
rules upon full and sufficient information which would enable the 
Commission to determine that facsimile broadcasting on a regular 
basis would serve the public interest. Intermittent facsimile broad¬ 
casting has been conducted recently by several stations under experi¬ 
mental authorizations in the FM broadcast band, and sufficient data 
may now be available to nrovide information necessary for further 
consideration of this matter. 

Alden Products Company, Finch Telecommunications, Inc., 
Radio Inventions, Inc., and Faximile, Inc. have reouested the Commis¬ 
sion to promulgate, with certain exceptions, certain facsimile trans¬ 
mission standards proposed by the Radio Technical Planning Board. 

The standards proposed would provide for the use of both 8.2 inch 
and 4.1 inch width recorders operating at the same linear rate of 105 
lines per inch. It is desirable that the Commission be fully inform¬ 
ed as to the status of facsimile broadcasting, and more particularly 
as to the matters set forth below, prior to reaching a determination 
that transmission standards should be promulgated for this service. 

Among other things the FCC will seek; to obtain full inform¬ 
ation concerning existing or proposed methods or systems of facsimile 
broadcasting; the present and expected availability of facsimile 
transmitting and receiving equipment; any technical data obtained in 
experimental operations conducted in facsimile broadcasting; any 
non-technical data obtained in experimental operations conducted in 
facsimile broadcasting, or otherwise available, including public 
demand for the service, public needs and desires in facsimile pro¬ 
grams, appropriate uses for the service, commercial feasibility of 
the service, and public preference with regard to recorder widths, 
speed of transmission and degree of definition; the plans or propos¬ 
als of interested persons which look tov/ard the establishment of 
facsimile broadcasting on a commercial basis, and the development 
and status of multiplex facsimile with aural FM broadcasting. 

Also to obtain full information concerning experimental 
facsimile development, conducted or planned, in the 470 to 500 me. 
band; transmission standards for facsimile broadcasting proposed by 


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any interested persons; to determine what effect, if any, the author¬ 
ization of facsimile broadcasting on a simplex basis in the 88 to 
108 me, band would have upon the development of aural FM broadcast¬ 
ing; to determine whether transmission standards for facsimile 
broadcasting should be proposed at the present time, and, if so, 
whether such standards should provide for use of a single width 
recorder, or more than one width recorders, and what width or widths 
should be used, and to determine, in the light of the evidence adduc¬ 
ed on the foregoing issues, what rules, if any,should be promulgated 
concerning facsimile broadcasting. 

Notice of appearance at the hearing must be filed before 

March 1. 



As walls and ceilings of two huge pilot studios near com¬ 
pletion this week, Don Lee sound engineers have begun tests prior to 
the installation of the ten-ton giant master control panel which will 
direct operations at the network’s new $2,500,000 Hollywood studios® 

Said to be the largest sound stages ever built for radio, 
the four main studios will each be able to accommodate productions 
as elaborate as a 100-piece symphony orchestra playing before an 
audience of some 350 people. Both walls and ceilings are to be 
treated with alternate strips of soft sound-absorbing material and 
hardwood convex polyclindrical diffusers which will deflect sound 
waves in order to maintain true tonal quality throughout any type of 

Installation of the *^300,000 master control panel is sch¬ 
eduled to start February 2, when control room walls and wiring will 
be in position to receive the equipment. Don Lee technicians expect 
to have this master control installed at the same time that the 
pilot studios are completed so that immediate testing and operation 
can be accomplished, 


The ’’Voice of America” has inaugurated a 30-minute Russian- 
language program of news and features beamed at Vladivostok and the 
Soviet Maritime provinces of Eastern Siberia, the Department of 
State announces. The prograi'n originates in the New York studios of 
the Voice of America and is relayed through the Honolulu and Manila 
transmitters, reaching the listening area at 9 P.M, Vladivostok time. 

The addition of this program brings the State Department’s 
radio broadcasts to the Soviet Union to two hours a day in four 
separate transmissions. Three of them are beamed to Moscow and 
Western Russia. 

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Speaker Joe Martin, Jr., who would be the next Chief Execu¬ 
tive if anything happened to President Truman, sounded at least one 
serious note at the windup of the meeting of the American Women 
Broadcasters in V/ashington last week. He declared that if a power¬ 
ful campaign which is now being secretly waged to destroy confidence 
in Congress, saboteurs could execute a sudden coup through the press 
and radio and take over the government* 

Several resolutions were passed at the meeting of the 
women, presided over by Ruth Crane, V/MAL, Acting President. Mrs, 
Crane, who has served as Acting President of AWB since the resigna¬ 
tion of Frances Farmer Wilder of New York in August of last year, 
was ratified as President to serve out the two-year term of office 
which concludes in the Spring of 1949, Miss Gertrude Grover, WHCU, 
Ithaca, N, Y., was appointed First Vice President to complete the 
term of office originally filled by Mrs. Crane. 

’’For years”, Speaker Martin declared, ’’there has been a 
very powerful, highly sustained, well-financed and cleverly managed 
campaign of sabotage in some of the press, over some radio micro¬ 
phones, and on some public rostrums, to destroy the confidence of 
the people in the Congress as an institution.” 

Should that be accomplished, he asserted, it would be simple 
for the saboteurs to carry on a campaign of destruction against the 
Executive Department, launch a sudden coup and ’’take over the govern¬ 
ment” . 

Mr, Martin urged the women broadcasters to combat the ’’sin¬ 
ister forces which ’cook up’ these canards” distort the facts, and 
’’feed them out for the very specific purpose of discrediting the 
Congress in the opinion of the people.” 

The New York Times didn’t take quite so serious a view of 
Speaker Martin’s dire prophecy saying: 

’’There may be several thousand conspirators in our popula¬ 
tion who would like to do this, but somehow it does not seem likely 
that they will succeed. For more than a century and a half there has 
been a campaign on to destroy the confidence of the people in 
Congress, Usually it has been conducted by the party that happened 
to be out of power. Sometimes it has been aided and abetted by the 
way some members of Congress behaved. It will reach its quadrennial 
peak^this Fall, at which time there will also be some criticism of 
the incumbent Executive. 

’’But Congress as an institution is not in danger any more 
than is the Executive as an institution. We all know the sort of 
attack to which Mr, Martin was alluding. It has a different doctrin¬ 
al background from similar onslaughts of bygone years, but it is not 
a bit more venemous. The best answer the present Congress can make 


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to it is to get on with its work and try not to play politics too 
hard, V/e don’t believe there will be any ’coup’, except in the 
normal way at the polling places.” 



Construction permits were issued by the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission last week for eight new commercial television sta¬ 
tions in different parts of the United States as follows: 

Birmingham Broadcasting Co., Inc ., Birmingham, Ala., 66-72 
mcs. (Channel No. 4); visual power 14.5 K\V; Aural 7.7 K?//; antenna 
500 ft.; Miami Valley Broadcasting Corp ., Dayton, Ohio, 210-216 mcs, 
(Channel No. 13); Visual pov/er S4 KlV; qural 25.2 KV/; antenna 570 ft.; 
V>TBM. Inc .. Indianapolis, Ind., 82-88 mcs. (Channel No. 6); Visual 
power 28.2 KW; aural 18.1 10//; antenna 400 ft,; Jefferson Standard 
Broadcasting Co., Charlotte, N. C., 60-66 me.; (Channel No. 3); 
visual power 15.2 KW; aural 8 KW; 1160 ft. 

Also, the Kansas City Star Co .. Kansas City, Mo., 66-72 me; 
(Channel No, 4); visual power 17 KW; aural 14 10//; antenna 745 ft.; 
Radio Station WOW , Inc., Omaha, Neb., 82-88 me; (Channel No, 6); 
visual power 16*2 KV/; aural 8,5 lOiV; antenna 590 ft,; V/. Albert Lee , 
Houston, Texas., 54-60 me; (Channel No. 2); visual power 16 IC//; aural 
8.5 KW, antenna 500 ft., and Times-Picayune Publishing Co ., New 
Orleans, La., 174-180 me. (Channel No, 7); visual power 21.5 K?'/; 
aural 18 KW; antenna 575 ft, 



Almost 200 million radio receiving tubes were sold in 1947 
by its member companies the Radio Manufacturers’ Association reported 
this week. Receiving tube sales in December totalled 16,511,408 and 
brought total sales for the year to 199,533,827. This was slightly 
below the 205,217,174 tubes sold by manufacturers in 1946. 

Of the year’s total, 131,986,468 were sold for new sets; 
43,530,058 for replacements; 23,184,172 for export, and 833,129 to 
government agencies. 

A breakdown of the December report shows 11,693,163 tubes 
sold for new sets; 3,083,947 for replacements; 1,671,220 for export, 
and 63,078 to government agencies, 



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Major Edwin H. Armstrong^ inventor of FM, occupied the 
witness stand for the entire first day of the House Interstate and 
Foreign Commerce Committee hearing (Tuesday, Febe 3) on the farm 
radio resolution of Representative William Lemke (R), of North 
Dakota, which would direct the FCC to return a portion of the 50 me. 
band to FM but allow those stations which were boosted up to the 
88-108 me. band to remain where they are, 

’’Now what this Bill undertakes to do is to correct a blunder 
of major proportions made by the Federal Communications Commission in 
1944 when the Commission, following the recommendations of its own 
engineering staff^ disregarded the judgment of the members of the 
Radio Technical Planning Board and of the best qualified experts on 
the problems of radio wave propagation, and moved FM broadcasting 
from the 50-megacycle to the 100-megacycle band. 

’’The events which have transpired since that action was 
taken by the Commission have confirmed the judgment of the men who 
advised against the move, and have uncovered the errors of the Com¬ 
mission *z engineers whose advice brought it about. The question has 
been settled beyond all doubt, with the admission of error by the 
principal witness for the Commission, K. A. Norton, when, under 
cross-examination in a recent FCC proceeding, such admission was 
forced from him.” 

'’The confidential report contained a statement of fact which, 
to anyone who undertakes radio propagation, meant that the interfer¬ 
ence predicted by Mr. Norton would not be felt in the United States. 
The public report, when it was issued, deleted that statement of fact 
and substituted therefor a statement to the effect that no error had 
been committed by Mr* Norton. I have no hesitation in characterizing 
this alteration of the public report as thoroughly dishonest.” 

”As a result of the Commission’s error, the work of five 
years in building up FM broadcasting has been largely destroyed, 
the efficiency of the system has been reduced, and its introduction 
to the public generally has been further retarded by a period of 
from two to three years. At this moment has just about gotten on 
its feet after surmounting the worst of the many obstacles that have 
been put in its path. 

’’This delay, added to others caused by various unwise 
actions of the Commission, has resulted in a situation which may be 
summed up briefly as follows. 

’’Here is an invention of major importance to the people of 
the United States, It was made public, and presented to the industry 
as a whole, over twelve years ago. In spite of the best efforts of 
the men who tried to develop it, less than two percent of our people 
are enjoying its advantages. That is a situation without a precedent 


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in the history of radio invention, I believe it likewise to be with¬ 
out a parallel in the history of American business enterprise." 

Speaking of other delays encountered by FM, Dr, Armstrong 


"I have no hesitation in repeating what I said before the 
Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce on December 6, 1943, when 
the Chairman (Senator Wheeler) asked me whether I thought the industry 
engaged in AM broadcasting, and specifically the Radio Corporation of 
America, were blocking the development of FM. I then said: 

"’*** I would like to answer that question this way: That 
if at the June 1936 hearing, that is, the hearing before the 
Commission which resulted in that very narrow allocation to 
FM, the Radio Corporation of America as the recognized leader 
in the industry, had said one thing, and that is, that what 
Armstrong is saying as to the capabilities of FM is true, 
then we would never have had any of this trouble about alloca¬ 
tions, I am cuite sure the Commission would have had nothing 
left to do except to allocate a substantial band to FM." 

Major Armstrong said for the first time it has become pos¬ 
sible to give rural listeners a service far superior to that enjoyed 
by the city dwellers. Representative Lemke said he had received 
hundreds of letters from farmers seeking FM service. 

Major Armstrong said in conclusion: 

"It is my understanding that the Commission is considering 
a proposal to permit the existing low band FM stations to remain in 
operation for a certain period of time. This will give a measure of 
relief and will be most important in enabling a demonstration of the 
economy of relaying by these means programs to stations located in 
the small communities. 

"The proposal would not, however, permit additional sta¬ 
tions on the low band to be put up in parts of the country which are 
predominantly rural in character and which stand to benefit more than 
any other area from the economies of this method of getting static- 
free high fidelity programs around the country, 

"I strongly endorse this Bill requiring the setting aside of 
a section of the band in the vicinity of 50 megacycles to be held for 
FM broadcasting so that the inventors and engineers in the art can 
demonstrate its ability to render service to the people of the 
country, the exact manner of its use to be ultimately determined by 
conference between the Commission and the radio industry. No one is 
wise enough to forecast exactly how this will ultimately work out. 

In view of the long series of blunders and mistakes that have been 
made, no one ought to try, 

"But what is perfectly apparent at the present time is that 
the low band high power station fills a vital need for the economical 
distribution of programs over wide areas. Until such time as some 
other system of distribution can furnish as good or a better service 
provision ought to be made in the spectrum so that the public can get 

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the benefit of what is now available. FM has already been kept from 
them too long.” 

J. E. Brown of the Zenith Radio Corporation of Chicago said 
a summation of the present situation in W. broadcasting brought about 
as a result of the change from 50 to 100 me. shows an established ser¬ 
vice and industry uprooted and thrown into confusion resulting in 
great delay in its progress. The technical reasons advanced by the 
FCC for the move have never been accepted by the experts of the in¬ 
dustry. The reason given for changing IT/I cannot possibly be valid in 
view of the assignment of television to the band from which W. was 

”The ultimate broadcasting service to the public on 100 me. 
is now known to be inferior to that which could be provided on the 
50 me. band”, Mr. Brown continued. ”FM on 100 me. is forever hamper¬ 
ed in giving service to rural populations. ’’There is in many parts 
of the country a demand for IT/I stations far in excess of the fre¬ 
quencies available. The Commission has not allocated sufficient 
frequencies to this new service. It must be apparent to the Commis¬ 
sion that if there is today at this early stage of FM broadcasting a 
shortage of facilities, that in a short time the situation will be¬ 
come unbearable and more frequencies must be given to FM. 

”It is only logical that additional freouencies should be 
in the vicinity of 50 me, so that a real FM service can be given to 
the public. The addition of frequencies for FM in the vicinity of 
50 me. would merely mean an added band for FM broadcasting. This 
added band would not in any way disturb or change the present IM band 
on 100 me. It would simply add badly needed frequencies for FM 
broadcasting which will have to be done ultimately in any event and it 
would add them at a place in the radio spectrum v/hich is capable of 
giving good long-distance FM transmission. It would mean that FM 
broadcasting would take place on two bands instead of one and from 
the very practical standpoint of the radio receiver manufacturer, this 
is precisely what will have to happen v/hen the Federal Communications 
Commission allocates any additional freouencies to FM broadcasting. 

The important point is that the additional frequencies be allocated 
in the vicinity of 50 me. in the interest of best public service, I 
believe that House Joint Resolution 78 is technically sound and in 
the best interest of the public.” 

John R, Howland, also of Zenith, addressing the House Com¬ 
mittee, said; 

’’There is a final chapteT being written which makes the situ¬ 
ation urgent. I have pointed out that the effect of existing FCC 
regulations has been to limit FM stations to coverage of local reg¬ 
ions. I have pointed out that local Ml broadcasters are being forced 
by the crowding of their channels to migrate to the new art - hund¬ 
reds of business men who v/ill save their enterprises and increase 
their coverage by following the indicated path and who have neither 
experience nor concern with the broader potentialities of the new 
service. The final step will occur, possibly, at the next inter¬ 
national conferences on freauency assignments when it is to be 

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expected that America will have local channels taken away and given 
to Cuba and Mexico. 

’’The pioneers of FM will then be locked in the barn with 
the refugees from the less profitable MU assignments and the keys 
will be thrown away. Stripped of the possibility of broad coverage 
they can fight out the question of survival among themselves and a 
monopoly of service to the farmer will be securely in the hands of 
the chain-programmed clear channel stations which have not been able 
in twenty-five years to find a way to deliver static-free radio pro¬ 
grams to almost half the nation. 

’’Since there is no adeouate remedy at law to force a re¬ 
view of the actions of the FCC and to force them to recognize the 
real needs of this nev; permanent addition to America’s broadcast ser 
vice, we turn to you to place the facts fully in your hands. 



If Representative Wigglesworth (R), of Massachusetts has 
anything to say about it, there will be a thorough Congressional in¬ 
vestigation of the activities of the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion. Discussing the bill carrying FCC funds for the fiscal year 
1949, Mr. Wigglesworth said: 

’’The testimony of the Federal Communications Commission 
gives little indication of fundamental improvement in the operations 
of this agency. 

’’Transfers of stations, with Commission approval, for con¬ 
siderations far in excess of cost or replacement value continue. 

’’Action or inaction in respect to assignment of frequencies 
including the so-called Bulova stations; the New York News case, the 
Cur-Nan Co. case, and certain stations in Kentucky, suggests contin¬ 
uance of operation on the basis of political favoritism. 

’’The testimony of Commissioner Durr in respect to his alter 
cation with the FBI, including his statement as to Communist owner¬ 
ship of stations, in which he apparently regards Communist appli¬ 
cants in much the same light as Catholic, Protestant or Jewish appli¬ 
cants; and in which he indicates that he does not know that Commun¬ 
ists advocate the overthrow of this Government, is startling. 

’’Fear of the Commission by radio licensees still in mani¬ 
fest . 

”Mr. Chairman, freedom of the air, to the end that the 
people may have both sides of important ouestions, fully and fairly 
presented, is imperative to our form of government. It is vital that 
the FCC operate as an impartial cuasi-judicial agency rather than as 
the political puppet of any administration that happens to be in the 
White House. 

”I do not know what has become of the resolution to invest 
igate this agency which was filed during the last session. If the 
Committee on Foreign and Interstate Commerce is not in a position to 
conduct an investigation, it should be conducted without further 
delay by a select committee. 

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Rep. Schwabe (R), of Missouri, based upon a survey just 
made, accuses the radio chains of failing in their duty to furnish a 
"fair and equitable presentation of facts and arguments both for and 
against the Marshall plan.” 

The Missourian disclosed that he had received data from 
three netv/orks in answer to letters requesting that they detail the 
amount of radio time given to speakers favoring and opposing the plan. 

’’The results were amazing”. Rep. Schwabe said to Willard 
Edwards of the Chicago Tribune . ”Taking the network’s own figures, 
the ratio of radio arguments for the plan, compared with opposing 
views, since State Secretary Marshall first proposed it last June, 
has been 6 to 1, 

’’All the networks claim that they furnish a ’balanced pre¬ 
sentation’ on subjects of great public interest. The fact is that 
the people depending upon radio news reporters, commentators, and 
programs for information on the Marshall plan have been given a 
sadly distorted and one-sided picture.” 

•‘Representative Schwabe said he began his inquiry after he 
noted the discrepancy between radio views on the Marshall plan and 
the sentiment of the people in his district. A poll of his con¬ 
stituents, in which 5,000 replies were received, showed 3 to 1 against 
the proposal, he said, and 6 to 1 against if it involved price con¬ 
trols and rationing, 

"Replies were submitted by CBS, NIBS and ABC. Niles Trammel 
President of NBC, replied that the information requested was ’so 
voluminous and will require so much research that it is not possible 
to supply actual data very quickly,’ 

”’How a network can achieve a balanced presentation of in¬ 
formation on a subject without regularly compiling such relevant 
data is a mystery to me’, commented Rep, Schwabe, 

’’’The conclusion is inescapable’ , Rep. Schwabe commented, 
’that the American people have been permitted to hear only one side 
of the proposal during most of the time they are listening to the 



Former Senator Burton K, V/heeler (D), of Montana, has been 
offered the $20,000 a year job by the American Federation of Labor 
to direct its effort to prevent the re-election to Congress of Taft- 
Hartley Act supporters. Before leaving Washington for Miami, where 
the AFL Executive Committee is now in session, Senator Wheeler was 
quoted as saying that he would have to find out more about the 


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requirements of the position and whether or not he would be able to 
give full time to it in view of the demands of his private law 

William Green, President of AFL, said the appointment of 
Senator Wheeler as head of Labor’s League for Political Education had 
been approved by the AFL Executive Council and would be placed before 
the 30-man Administrative Committee of the League meeting in Miami 
today (Feb. 4), 

Among Senator Wheeler’s present clients is the Zenith Radio 
Corporation of Chicago in its pending patent suit against the Radio 
Corporation of America. 



In connection with the issuance of licenses to cover con¬ 
struction permits for FL* broadcast stations, the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission makes the following explanatory statement; 

License applications may not be filed until (1) construc¬ 
tion has been completed in exact accordance with the terms of the 
construction permit, and (2) equipment tests have been completed 
(Section 3.216 of the Commission’s Rules) or interim operation has 
been conducted with the equipment authorized in the construction per¬ 
mit. After the application for license has been filed showing that 
the station is in satisfactory operating condition, program tests 
may be conducted in accordance with Section 3.217 of the rules. 

License applications will not be granted unless an approv¬ 
ed frequency and modulation monitor is installed. During equipment 
tests or interim operation, a frequency measurement of the station’s 
transmissions should be made with an external standard of known ac¬ 
curacy and the monitor reading compared with the frequency thus 
measured. A commercial frequency measuring service may be available 
or the standard frequency transmissions of Station YnJV may be used 
where suitable auxiliary equipment required for such measurements is 
available. If neither of these methods of checking frequency is 
feasible, the application for license may request that the item be 
waived. V/hile the item may be waived in some cases, the station is 
not relieved of the responsibility of maintaining the operating fre¬ 
quency within the prescribed tolerance. 

With respect to the field intensity measurements required 
of Class B stations by Section 3.216(c) of the rules, the Commis¬ 
sion has received inquiries concerning the time within which such 
measurements must be submitted. As indicated by a footnote to the 
rule, this material ’’shall be submitted within one year after the 
license has been issued or within such extension of time as the Com¬ 
mission may for good cause grant.” The Commission does not desire 
to impose an undue burden on FM licensees. 



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Sports Promoter Still HasnH Found If TV Is Good Or Bad 

(Rso Fischer in Chicago Herald-Amerioan) 

Entrance of Television Station WBKB, Chicago, into the 
Chicago field of fight promotion reveals that this newest form of 
entertainment is running into tough problems so far as sport is con- 

Regular professional bouts will be staged in the high 
school auditorium at Michigan City for video purposes, according to 
Capt. William C. Eddy, Director of V^BKB* Admission will be charged 
’’live” audiences for what the television customers will see for nix, 
with the station sharing in profits and losses. 

’’Since WBKB was established, we have carried more than 700 
sport events”, explained Capt, Eddy, .”V/e have helped attendance at 
some and definitely have hurt it at others. Boxing promoters are 
convinced we keep many paying customers away. I’m inclined to agree 
with them, 

”V/e’ve tried various ways of meeting this situation. At 
one show we agreed to reimburse the promoter for every empty seat, 

V'le hit zero weather and there was scarcely anyone in the house. It 
cost US plenty, 

'•This new venture is strictly an experiment. We’re doing 
it to insure a supply of boxing telecasts. If it works out, I don’t 
know what it may lead to. Maybe we’ll expand our promotion program 
into other fields.” 

Could it be that some day we’ll have basketball leagues, 
baseball games, track meets, etc., strictly for television purposes? 
Who knows? The box-office is the most sensitive portion of a promot¬ 
er and he will rid himself quickly of anything that causes it pain. 

Television still is too new to decide the argument pro or 
con. According to Capt.Eddy, approximately 13,000 sets are operating 
in the Chicago area with a maximum ’’looking” audience of some 250,000. 

It is reasonable to suspect, for example, that more people 
enjoyed Tuesday night’s pro basketball games in the comfort and 
warmth of a living room or tavern than the 4,000 who braved zero 
blasts to go to the Stadium. 

How many television fans decide later to see for themselves 
what’s going on will determine, largely whether basketball, football, 
boxing and other sport sponsors will continue to gve away large chunks 
of what they’re trying to sell. 

Decision of VvBKB to promote its own boxing shows may indi¬ 
cate the trend. 

|j Trying To Keep Petrillo Off The Front Page - A Large Order 

(Danton V/alker in ’’Washington Times-Herald’'") 

I Petrillo’s lawyers -■ the firm in which F.D.R. Ir. is a 

senior partner - have taken charge of his public relations and are 
trying to keep his name off the front pages and squelch unfavorable 



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Jones, FCG, Ex-Congressman> Still Beats Old Political Tom-Tom 

(Jerry Klutz in '’Washington Post”) 

This is a story of the transformation of Robert F, Jones 
from legislator to bureaucrati 

Up until last September, Jones was a GOP House member from 
Ohio and a member of its powerful Appropriations Committee, m that 
job, he was a sharp and effective critic of Federal agencies and 
their employees. 

Then Jones took a $5,000 annual cut in salary to become a 
member of the Federal Communications Commission. The transformation 
soon began to take place, and he watched the work of FCC employees. 
The other night he made a speech to the Radio Bar Association. Jones 
had this to say: 

want to pay tribute to the staff of the Commission, They 
are the hardest v/orking group I have seen. As a matter of fact, they 
spend so many hours around the place I would not blame their wives if 
they divorced them, and I’m surprised their families recognize them. 

’’The Commissioners, my colleagues, work hard and long hours. 
Although we don^t always agree, I’m glad they’re not the kind of men 
who are disagreeable because we don’t agree. Frankly, I had misgiv¬ 
ings before I came; but I’m glad to say they v/ere unfounded,” 

The Commissioner made his speech in good taste and good 
humor. He kidded himself for making the change from legislator to 
’’bureaucrat”. FCC employees can be sure of this - that they have a 
powerful friend in Commissioner Jones, 

Testimony Judge LaBuy Apparently Overlooked 

(’’Chicago Daily News”) 

Rep, Hartley’s declaration that the Department of Justice 
had been lax in prosecuting James C, Petrillo, head of the American 
Federation of Musicians, may be based on dissatisfaction with the 
conduct of the department as a whole, V/e doubt that it is based on 
familiarity with the record in the case in which Judge LaBuy held 
Petrillo innocent of violation of the Lea Act, 

Judge LaBuy adopted an unusual line of logic to support 
his decision. He stated that he believed that the three extra musi¬ 
cians Petrillo sought to force radio station WAAF to hire were not 
needed bv the station. But, he contended, there was no evidence to 
show that Petrillo had been told that the station did not need them. 
Transcript of the evidence shows that Attorney Harry Schul- 
man, of the law firm representing Station V/AAF, testified as to tele¬ 
phone conversations he had with Petrillo while trying - unsuccess¬ 
fully - to arrange a conference between him and representatives of 
the station, 

Schulman said that he told Petrillo he considered Petrillo’s 
demands manifestly unfair. 

”He was informed”, Schulman testified, ’’that the additional 
employees asked for, three in number, could not be used and that the 
defendant’s demands for six musicians was manifestly unfair.” 

Judge LaBuy, apparently, chose to disregard this testimony 
in reaching his decision. 

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The Federal Commanicat ions Commission has announced a pro 
posal to change the tentative allocation plan for Class B FM sta¬ 
tions by transferring Channel No. 273 from Washington, Pa. to 
Pittsburgh, Pa., effective March 2, 1948, unless prior to that date 
it receives protest showing grounds why this action should not be 

Edwin M, Martin of Fort V/ayne, Ind,, Vice-President and 
Secretary of the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation of 
Fort Wayne, was elected last week as Chairman of the Board of Dir¬ 
ectors of the American Bosch Corporation. He fills a vacancy creat¬ 
ed by the resignation of Frank T. Garvey of Lowell, Mass, 

In Poland there are almost 100,000 central radio receivers 
in parks, office buildings, and other public places. In addition to 
Poland’s 445,519 licensed radios, it is estimated that there are 
approximately 100,000 unlicensed ones in use. 

With Mark Woods, President of the American Broadcasting 
Company, in attendance, a series of meetings between officials of 
the network and its affiliated stations have been scheduled. The 
first will be in Atlanta, Ga,, Monday, Feb. 16. 

The New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware 
and New Jersey stations will gather in New York City V/ednesday, 
February 25, 

The third meeting on Wednesday, March 10, will be in Chic¬ 
ago, The last will be in San Francisco or Los Angeles at the time 
of the NAB convention sometime in May. 

A list of outstsmding broadcasts in the public interest 
presented by the Mutual Broadcasting System in a report for 1947, It 
comprises 80 multigraphed pages and carries a foreword by Edgar 
Kobak, Chairman. 

Price reductions up to 25 per cent on radios were announced 
this week by Philco Corporation at the company’s first New York show¬ 
ing of its 1948 radio lines, 

A new three-way portable model priced at ^.29,95 less bat¬ 
teries led the price reductions. The lowest priced portable last 
year listed for !*^39,95. Model 1286, a console FM-AM radio-phonograph 
combination in a mahogany Georgian cabinet will list for $299.50. 

Last year’s model which it replaces retailed for $329,50. A straight 
AM. console combination, which in 1947 retailed for $179.95, has been 
reduced to $169,95, in the 1948 model. The 1948 price range, ex¬ 
clusive of portable models, runs from $119,95 for a straight Al'I 
console to $369.50 for the top model in the line, an FM-AM radio- 
phonograph combination. 


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Manufacturers, designers and users of electronic equipment, 
formerly limited to the use of conventional receiving tubes in the 
electronic circuits of vital production machinery and control dev¬ 
ices, are now offered new group of small electron tubes specifically 
developed by the RCA Tube Department for industrial anplications. 

Designated the RCA ’’Special Red” line, the new tubes are for 
highly critical industrial and commercial applications where extreme 
dependability, long-life, stability, uniformity, and resistance to 
vibration and impact are essential. 

Police Dispatcher Tames McAuliffe, of V/ashington, D. C., 
in a conversation with a Maryland police substation, recently said 
”I don’t believe D.C, license tags go above 200,000.” (He was refer¬ 
ring to registration numbers.) 

There was a pause. 

"To All Cars”, said McAuliff, a few seconds later: ”I have 
just been informed by 15 cars that District license tags do go above 
200,000. O.K. to all of you, and thank you.” 

A candy-by-radio service enabling passengers aboard ships 
on the high seas to send gift sweets to friends, relatives and associ¬ 
ates in any part of the United States was introduced as a supplement 
to the Radiomarine Gift Service, which handles ship-to-shore orders 
of fruit and flowers. The candy service is being inaugurated through 
an arrangement with Huyler’s and Louis Sherry, Inc., New York con¬ 
fectioners . 

Contents for Radio Age for January includes: 

’’Radio Review and a 1948 Preview" by Brig. General David 
Sarnoff; "Trend Is To’Miniatures’” by L. W. Teegarden; ’’Styling 
Sells Sets” by H. M. Bundle; ”FM Radio For Police”; "Large Screen 
Television”; "Radiophoto Standards”; "Television For Harbor Pilots”; 
"Recording Sound On V/ire”; "Electron Microscope Improved"; "Televi¬ 
sion Finds Its Public” by Dan Halpin; "Navy’s Use of Television” and 
"Adventures in Marketing” by Frank M. Folsom, Vice-President, RCA 

A "BBC Television Newsreel” is the latest development in 
British television. This is a special newsreel for television view¬ 
ers only, lasting about fifteen minutes and at present shown three 
times a week. Subjects are treated in greater length than in the 
commercial newsreels, and include topical film items from abroad such 
as those already received by exchange arrangements from the NBC of 
the U.S.A. In time it is hoped to give world coverage, and arrange¬ 
ments are already being concluded by the BBC v;ith a number of film 
and television companies abroad, 

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FEB 13 1948 


Dr. A. Hoyt Taylor^ Navy Radar Developer, May Retire Soon. .,.1 

N,Y« Times To Start Facsimile Paper; Heins Army On Weather. 3 

Seek To Install YIA in Washington Street Cars, Buses,.4 

Radio Dinner Pleases Truman; MBS Directors White House Callers....5 

FCC Grants Plea To Reconsider Mackay Overseas Assignment. 6 

Washington, D.C., Television Sets Put At 7,300. 6 

Zenith Moves To Void 136 Radio Patents ,7 
WNAX Starts 5-State Drive To Make Farm Better Living Place .7 
New Radio Stations Must Wait A Year For Ads..... 7 

Pearson, Allen Tell Of Wealth At FCC WBAL Hearing... 8 

Bureau Seeks To Increase Accuracy Of Radio Freauency Standards ...,8 

NBC Blocks Theatre’s Use Of Telecast,... 9 

ABC Lays Groundwork For New National Television Network,.10 

Protest N,Y. City Proposal To License Radio Servicemen.10 

A, T, & T, Rushes Coaxial Cable, Radio Relay TV Extension...11 

UNESCO Would Take A Hand In UN World Net - If There V/ere One. 11 

Majestic Radio Corporation Seeks Reorganization...... 12 

Scissors And Paste. .........13 

Trade Notes,.,,,.,,.,,*. ic 

Trade Notes 

No. 1811 


February 11, 1948 


It is reliably reported that Dr, A. Hoyt Taylor, Chief 
Consultant for Electronics in the Naval Research Laboratory in 
V/ashington, plans to retire sometime this coming Spring. Dr, Taylor, 
outstanding developer of radar in this country, who is one of the 
most distinguished scientists in the entire Government service, was 
quoted as saying that he was now eligible to retire but that he first 
wanted to put the finishing touches on the manuscript for his boolf, 
’’Radio Reminiscences; A Half Century”, which he had never had the 
opportunity nor the time to complete before. 

Dr. Taylor, who was born in Chicago in 1879, began his 
climb up the ladder with a modest B3 degree from Northwestern Univ¬ 
ersity. In 1900 he accepted a position as instructor in Michigan 
State College and three years later became instructor in electrical 
engineering at the University of Wisconsin, He received his Ph.D. 
at the University of Gottingen in Germany, and started his radio 
work, which was to bring him international fame, as Professor of 
Physics at the State University of North Dakota. 

Dr. Taylor entered the Naval Reserve in March of 1917 and 
a year later was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Early in 1919 he 
was ordered to Washington and has been a key figure in the Naval 
Research Laboratory ever since, winning prizes, medals, decorations 
almost too numerous to mention. 

As yet Dr. Taylor has not selected a publisher for his 
autobiographical work but that the book will be eagerly awaited by 
the radio industry may be judged from the enthusiastic comment of 
a Boston manufacturer who had a preview of the manuscript. He wrote; 

’’After my letter of Christmas Eve to you, I found that I 
had to be in New York on Christmas Day. I hopped the local mid¬ 
night freighter for N,Y,C, at 12;30 Christmas morning. Anticipating 
the usual rough passage down from Boston, and the usual difficulty 
in getting to sleep on these rattlers, I brought along all eight 
volumes of your RADIO REMUTISCENCES and, honestly, finished page 
428 about half an hour before the train pulled into New York at 
6;30 A.M. I have never read anything more engrossing,” 

Dr, Taylor’s references to his part in the development of 
radar are self-effacing in the extreme. In fact, it is impossible 
to put a finger on any part of the fascinating story where he takes 
any credit at all. He told how, when they were getting close to the 
production point on radar, they recommended calling in experts from 
the big corporations after duly cautioning them about the secrecy of 
the projects. 

”In accordance with this, on the 13th of luly, 1937, we 
were visited by Dr, E. L, Nelson, Dr, I. WW Smith and Mr. A. Merouel- 
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called these gentlemen into conference, we told them what we had. 

They were frankly skeptical. I told them that I didn’t expect them 
to believe that we could locate planes many miles away but that I 
believed I could convince them with an actual demonstration. So we 
went out to the building called the Field House, where we had in¬ 
stalled the 80 megacycle equipment, and put on a very convincing 
demonstration. After that we returned to the main Laboratory to 
the roof of Building 1 and gave them a demonstration on 200 mega¬ 
cycles. This was not quite as effective as the one given on 80 
megacycles, because this particular equipment hadn’t been worked up 
to the necessary high power pulses on account of our inability to 
procure suitable vacuum tubes, 

"We asked the Bell Laboratory people whether they would 
consider a development contract to produce a radar along these lines 
and put it into production. They replied that since we were appar¬ 
ently about five years ahead of them in techniques, they preferred 
not to take a contract at that time but would agree to go to work on 
systems studies, caying particular attention to the improvement of 
tubes and component parts with the needs of radar circuits especially 
in mind. It wasn t very long before they felt themselves in a posi¬ 
tion to take on their first contract for Navy fire control equipment, 
that is, radars specifically designed for very accurate pointing of 
guns on unseen targets. The first radar equipments designed solely 

for gun firing were produced by the Bell Telephone Group.” 

With regard to the forthcoming retirement of Dr, Taylor 

and Dr. Harvey C, Hayes, inventor of the sonic depth finder, also 

in Naval Research Laboratory, Terry Klutz, well known writer on 
Government subjects, commented: 

’’The Navy will soon lose two of its top-ranking scientists-' 
in fact, two of the best and most successful in the world, 

’’Both Drs. Taylor and Hayes have stayed in Government to 
serve their country and their fellow man. Undoubtedly, both could 
have made fortunes in private industry, 

"But both men, like all other Federal workers, have had to 
take the slurs and acid ridicule of being called bureaucrats, tax- 
eaters, loafers, and whatnot - adjectives that tend to discourage 
many potential Drs, Taylors and Hayes from either entering Govern¬ 
ment work or staying in it. 

"However, Drs, Taylor and Hayes have the personal satis¬ 
faction of knowing that they have contributed much more to their 
country than the loud-mouth critics of everything and everybody in 

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The New York Times beginning next Monday, February 16th, 
will embark upon what is expected to be a demonstration on the larg¬ 
est scale yet attempted of the transmission of a newspaper by radio. 

Facsimile recorders will be installed in the radio depart¬ 
ment of leading department stores, where customers will be able to 
see facsimile editions of The Times as they are received over the 
air. A receiver also will be in operation at the Columbia Univer¬ 
sity School of Journalism. 

It has also been made known that machines made by the Times 
Facsimile Corporation are being widely used by the Army and the 
Navy in transmitting weather data, notably in the Army’s airborne 
Winter maneuvers. 

The facsimile edition of The Times will consist of four 
pages. Two of the pages will carry current news and pictures and 
will be remade as news develops through the day. The other two 
pages - a women’s page and a feature page - will remain constant 
through the day. 

Transmission of the facsimile editions will take place at 
five minutes after the hour for six consecutive hours, beginning at 
11:05 A.M. 

The size of.each transmitted page will be 8^ x 11 inches - 
approximately one-fourth the size of a standard newspaper page. A 
total of 3^ minutes is required for each page to emerge from the re¬ 
corder, facsimile being capable of transmitting 16,000 words an hour. 

The equipment to be used in the demonstrations was design¬ 
ed by John V, L. Hogan and Radio Inventions, Inc., and is being manu¬ 
factured by the General Electric Company. 

Two of the Times ’ facsimile machines were employed at the 
V/heeler Sack Air Field in the below zero maneuvers at Pine Camp. N.Y. 
which C-82 troop carrier planes utilized last week during ’’Exercise 

The machines received weather maps by radio from the Rome 
air base, about fifty miles away. The air force facilities there got 
the maps by land wire on a facsimile receiver, then broadcast them 
by radio on a facsimile transmitter. At Pine Camp, receivers only 
were used there to pick up the broadcasts. 


The British Broadcasting Corporation has commissioned Dr. 
William Walton, the British composer, to write an opera. The libret¬ 
to has been written by Christopher Hassall, inactive collaboration 
with Dr. Walton, on the theme of Troilus and Cressida, but not using 
Shakespeare’s words or following his play. The opera will be in 
three acts. 




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A plan similar to that tried out in Cincinnati and several 
other cities to install freouency modulation [W.) receivers on some 
buses and street cars has been put up to the Capital Transit Company 
which serves the National Capital and vicinity. FN broadcasting 
interests, it is said, have offered this service without charge to 
Capital Transit as a promotion project* 

At the same time, a press bulletin comes in from Cincinnati 
regarding this situation which reads in part as follows* 

”In an effort to counter corrmuter ennui - and, incidentally, 
glean some revenue - the Cincinnati, Newport and Covington Railway 
, Co., operators of trackless trolleys and buses, has announced that 
'' five-minute FM radio packages will be dished up to the transit rider. 
The program will consist of music, a newscast and a commercial. 

”It*s no shot in the dark, either, Hubert Taft, Ir., man¬ 
ager of Cincinnati’s FM station, WCTS-FI", found out there is plenty 
of public support for this musical bus ride. A survey he conducted 
a couple of months ago sho^'-ed that 96 per cent of the transit riders 
who heard test broadcasts approved the idea* 

”FM reception is ideallv suited for trackless trolleys, 
because these vehicles are silent. Older street cars, on the other 
hand, are considered too noisy for good reception,’* 

The Washington Star was quick on the trigger with an 
editorial ’’Television, Too, Maybe?*' which read: 

’’The Capital Transit Comcany should give the most serious 
j consideration to the proposal for installing FM radios on its street¬ 
cars and buses, FM means frequency modulation, but it has nothing to 
do with modulating the freouency of the company’s vehicles. That 
I will be left, as heretofore, to the vagaries of the dispatchers, the 
operators and the weather. 7/hat CTC is talking about is music broad¬ 
cast by FM stations - a type of broadcasting unaffected by static or 
other distortions* 

’’The idea is to lull streetcar and bus passengers with 
; sweet music while they ride to their destinations. FM broadcasters 
are said to have offered to install the necessary receiving sets at 
no cost to the company, as a sort of promotion stunt for FM. The 
j proposal has a great deal of merit, especially if the programs could 
be judiciously regulated. During the rush hours, for example, the 
straphangers could be musically admonished to ’’Cuddle Up A Little 
J Closer”, followed up, perhaps, by ’’Everybody’s Doin’ It.” 

’’Other cities have tried the plan and the customers there 
seem to like it. In fact, .why not include television in the scheme? 

If the television set were placed in the rear, the operator would 


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have little difficulty in keeping his passengers moving toward the 
back of the conveyance. Such solicitude for the comfort and morale 
of the public would be almost Utopian in this era of overloaded 
mass transportation facilities. 



Nobody at the Siyth Annual Dinner of the Radio Correspond¬ 
ents’ Association at the Hotel Statler in V/ashington last Saturday 
night apparently had a better time than President Truman. Entertain¬ 
ment was furnished by the Columbia Broadcasting System, the American 
Broadcasting Company, National Broadcasting Company and Mutual 
Broadcasting System, and Mr. Truman gave a hearty hand to everybody 
from Bob Hope, master of ceremonies, down. This included The 
Carters, skating team; Elizabeth Talbot Martin, impressionist; 

Andre, Andre and Bonnie, dance team; Paul Winchell, ventriloquist; 
John Gugliotti, 6-year-old pianist; Margaret V/hiting, vocalist. 

Music was furnished by the U, S. Marine Band under the direction 
of Maj. V/illiam F. Santelmann, 

Among those seated at the head table with the President 
were Bill Henry of CBS, President of the Correspondents’ Association 
at his right, and Albert L. V/arner, of I'®S, the Correspondents’ Vice- 
President, at his left; > The Secretary of the Treasury; I'^r. Justin 
Miller, President of the National Association of Broadcasters; Mr. 
Lewis V/eiss, Chairman of MBS; The Secretary of Labor; Mr. E. J. 

Noble, Chairman of ABC; Elmer Davis; Mark V\/oods, President, ABC; 
General Spaatz; Edgar Kobak, President, MBS; Speaker Sam Rayburn; 

Mr, Justice Reed; Senator Tobey of New Hampshire; Mr, Justice Jack- 
son; Representative V/olverton of New Jersey and I'^r. Justice Burton. 

Also, The Chief Justice; V/ayne Coy, Chairman of the Federal 
Communications Commission; Admiral Leahy, David Sarnoff, Chairman of 
the Board, Radio Corporation of America; The Attorney General; 

Frank Stanton, President of CBS; The Secretary of Agriculture; 

Gen, Omar Bradley; Niles Trammell, President of NBC; Gen, Clifton 
Cates, Commandant, U, S, Marine Corps; Joseph Ream, Vice-President, 
CBS; Senator Bob Taft, of Ohio; Mr. Tully; Representative Charles 
Halleck, of Indiana; Mr. Justice Black; Senator Edward Johnson, of 
Colorado; Mr. Justice Douglas; Representative Clarence Lea, of 
California and Mr, Justice Rutledge, 

Others present included: 

E, M, Antrim, MGN, Chicago, Ill.; L. G. Arries, Sr., 
V7TTG-Dumont Television, Washington; Kenneth H. Berkeley, Evening 
Star Broadcasting Co,, V/ashington; E. J. Boos, Crosley Broadcasting 
Corp., Cincinnati, 0.; Senator Ov/en Brewster of Maine; T.A.M, 

Craven, WOL, Washington; Charles Denny, NBC, New York City; Orrin E. 
Dunlap, Jr., Vice-President, RCA, New York; Clifford J. Durr, FCC 
Commissioner; Sydney Eiges, Vice-President, NBC, New York; Earl H. 
Gammons, CBS, V/ashington; George Gillingham, FCC; F. P. Guthrie, 


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Vice-President, RCA Communications, Washington; J. Edgar Hoover, 

FBI; Rosel H. Hyde, Commissioner, FCC; The Right Hon, the Lord 
Inverchapel, British Ambassador; Robert F. Jones, Commissioner, FCC; 
Capt* Thomas Knode, NBC, New York; Edward F. McGrady, Vice-Presi¬ 
dent, RCA, New York; D. Harold licGrath, Supt., Senate Radio Gal¬ 
lery; Robert M. ilenaugh,Sapt., House Radio Gallery; Maurice Mitchell, 
Manager, WTOP, V/ashington; Senator Clyde M. Reed, of Kansas; 

Robert Sarnoff, NBC, New York; Oswald F, Schuette, RCA, Washington; 
Harold Stassen, St. Paul, Minn,; Paul A. Walker, Commissioner, FCC; 
and Former Senator Burton K. Wheeler, 'Washington. 

The Directors of the Mutual Broadcasting System paid 
their annual cal on President Truman the day of the Radio Corres¬ 
pondents’ dinner. 

At the V/hite House were Lewis Allen Weiss, Chairman of 
MBS, and head of the Don Lee Broadcasting System, Los Angeles, Calif. 
Vice Chairman T. C. Streibert, WOR, New York; E. M, Antrim, V/GN, 
Chicago; Chesser Campbell, WGN, Chicago; J, E. Campeau, CKLV/, 

Detroit; H. K. Carpenter, WHK, Cleveland; Benedict Gimbel, Jr., 

V/IP, Philadelphia; President Edgar Kobak; William F. O’Neil, Linus 
Travers, Yankee Network; Jack R, Poppele, V/OR; ''^ice President Robert 
D, Swezey; Secretary-Treasurer James E. Wallen. 

The Board lunched the day before the dinner with Secre¬ 
tary of Commerce W. Averell Harriman and entertained FCC officials 
that night at dinner. Fulton Lewis, Jr., v/as host at luncheon 
Saturday, with many members of Congress present, 



The Federal Communications Commission this week granted 
the petition of RCA Communications for reconsideration of its action 
in granting to the Mackay Radio and Telegraph Comnany circuits par¬ 
alleling RCA’s circuits to the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, and 
Surinam, Dutch Guiana. 

The Commission terminated Mackay’s temporary authorization 
to communicate with these countries on its expiration date tomorrow 
(Thursday, February 12) and set the matter for public hearing 
Monday, March 8th. 



The committee established by the three television stations 
in Washington to determine the number of television sets installed 
in the Capital estimates that there are now 7,300 TM receivers pri¬ 
vately owned and in use in the Greater Washington area. 

Committee Chairman James Seiler of WNBIW, stated that the 
estimate represents sets installed up to and including February 1, 
The total of 7,300 is an increase in one month of 700 sets over the 
January 1 estimate of 6,600. 



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The Zenith Radio Corporation last week asked the United 
States District Court in V/ilmington, Del,, to declare invalid 136 
patents on radio apparatus held by six major companies. Named in 
Zenith^s declaratory judgment suit, according to an Associated 
Press dispatch, were Radio Corporation of America, General Electric 
Company, Western Electric Company, American Telephone and Telegraph 
Company, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., and Westinghouse Elec¬ 
tric Corporation. 



What is believed to be the largest sustained farm improve¬ 
ment program ever attempted by a U. S. radio station will be under¬ 
taken by WNAX, a Cowles station at Yankton, South Dakota. 

The program will be conducted over a three-year period 
covering every county in the States of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, 
Minnesota and North Dakota. Yearly awards will be made to individ¬ 
ual county winners and to winners in each State. Midwestern agri¬ 
cultural observers say it is the first major program ever launched 
for improvement of the farmstead as against improvement of crop¬ 
lands, livestock or poultry. 

’’For nearly ten years, farmers have done little or no 
planned improvement of the farmstead”, Chris Mack, WNAX Farm Direc¬ 
tor said, ”V/e believe most farmers now have the cash to spend and 
materials for making improvements are rapidly coming into greater 
supply. This program should provide an incentive for farmers to 
start now making the farm home a better place to live by adopting a 
carefully made plan of improvement.” 

Each State winner will receive an award in merchandise 
equivalent to FI^OOC, Winners will be given a choice of such items 
as a water or plumbing system, deep freeze unit, grain elevators, 
electric light system or a complete paint job for the barn and 
other buildings, 



The Bank of America, in San Francisco, has decided to ex¬ 
tend to radio the one-year waiting rule customarily imposed on pub¬ 
lications, Editor & Publisher has learned. Radio stations will not 
be considered for advertising allotments until after a year of oper¬ 
ations, a bank spokesman explained. This ruling has long been appl¬ 
ied to newspapers and magazines by leading advertisers. 

The Bank of America is an extensive advertiser, with major 
expenditures in newspapers. Rapid expansion of radio facilities, 
now doubling in many communities and areas, is believed to have 
occasioned the decision to impose a waiting period. 


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Quite a lot of loose change to be jingling around in the 
pockets of two old newspapermen - Drew Pearson and Robert 3. Allen - 
to show that now as radio commentators they were financially able to 
operate a radio station, testifying this week that the former was 
worth |246,292, and the latter Q235,000. 


Public Service Corporation/which Allen is President and 
Pearson Vice-President, is applying for the wave length assigned to 
WBAI in Baltimore, owned by Hearst Radio, Inc, The latter is seek¬ 
ing a renewal of its license, and contends Public Service lacks 
adequate finances. 

Public Service filed its application after issuance of a 
Commission blue book condemning V/BAL on the basis it failed to allot 
adequate time for Public Service programs. 

The hearing will be resumed next Monday, February 16th in 


The trial of a $100,000 libel suit brought by Drew Pear¬ 
son against the weekly Jefferson Republican in Charles Town, V/est 
Virginia, ended last week after the judge announced a settlement 
which involved a letter to Pearson from the editor. 

The letter, read in court, was from Raymond J. Funkhouser, 
Charles Town industrialist and editor of the paper, which stated 
the article upon which the suit was based was published without 
Funkhouser’s knowledge. 

The letter added that ”I have no reason to believe you 
are a Communist, but feel assured you are neither a Communist nor 
sympathizer with so-called principles of communism, or ever have 

Judge Decatur H. Rodgers earlier in the trial had ruled 
that to call a person a ’’Commie” was libel in itself. After that 
ruling he held that further testimony would be limited to mitiga¬ 
tion of damages, if any. 

He repeated the statement saying the remark in the column 
was actionable and that some damage was done. 



Standards and measurement technioues of reasonably high 
accuracy are now available at the National Bureau of Standards up 
to a few tens, of megacycles and in specific bands at microwave fre 
quencies. In the future, increased accuracy, frequency, and magni¬ 
tude will be sought by the Bureau, and precise instruments of all 


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types will be accepted for standardization at a nominal fee* Ef¬ 
forts will also be made to develop highly accurate portable instru¬ 
ments that will Quickly and conveniently determine the electrical 
characteristics of materials and of precision instruments under known 

The National Standards Bureau plans to cover the complete 
radio spectrum in a systematic manner without gaps in freouency or 
range of quantity measured. However, improvement of accuracy is a 
never-ending task. The present frequency standards, for example, 
are excellent, but their high accuracy has been found insufficient 
for certain special aoplications where constancy of one part in ten 
billion or better is needed. Indications are that another order of 
accuracy may be obtained with quartz crystal-controlled oscillators 
by development of more constant and higher-0 crystal units operating 
at extremely low amplitudes. For some frequency standards work, 
the resonances,associated with atoms may be found more convenient, 
especially for microwave freouencies. Atomic resonance techniques 
already developed give accuracies approaching one part in a million, 
and results are free from changes in temperature, pressure, or purity 
of materials* 

The Bureau's program on radio-freouency standards includes; 
(1) The development of primary electrical standards and the theory 
and methods of measurement required to utilize these standards, (2) 
the establishment of a service for calibrating unknown secondary 
standards against the Bureau’s primary standards, and (3) the design 
and improvement of various measuring instruments. In carrying out 
this program each electrical quantity at radio frequencies is 
accurately determined by reference to basic physical units, primary 
standards are carefully designed and built to have extreme stability 
under all operating conditions, and techniques are developed to give 
a high degree of measurement accuracy and reproducibility. Good 
agreement is also required between related standards based on dif¬ 
ferent principles. 

The February issue,just out, of the National Bureau of 
Standards Technical News Bulletin, about five pages devoted to an 
article regarding the Bureau’s work on radio frequency standards, 



The Question of ownership rights in television broadcasts 
was raised Monday by the National Broadcasting Company, As a result, 
a television showing that night at RKO’s 58th Street theater, in 
New York City, at which a fight broadcast over NBC’s television sta¬ 
tion WNBT was to have been picked up, was cancelled. 

NBC, according to an Associated Press dispatch, asked the 
postponement pending further clarification of television broadcast 
ownership rights, NBC telecasts are preceded by a notice that they 
may not be used for exhibition at places where admission or cover 
charges are made* 

A RKO spokesman declined to say if any legal test of owner¬ 
ship would be made. 



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Before the end of the current year the American Broadcast¬ 
ing Company plans to have television stations in operation in Chic¬ 
ago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, it was 
announced last week by Mark V/oods, President of the ABC. 

It was also announced that plans are under way for the 
establishment of three preliminary regional networks, from which 
an over-all national television network will later be developed^ 

The three loops proposed for the immediate future will link Chicago 
and Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and V/ashington, Balti¬ 
more, Philadelphia and New York. 

ABC^s Chicago outlet, to be known as WENR-TV, probably 
will be the first on the air, with its premiere scheduled for 
September. It is expected that Detroit will follow in November, 

Los Angeles and San Francisco in December, and Nev/ York probably 
later in the same month. 

In Chicago, ABC’s video transmitter and antennae will be 
constructed on the Civic Opera Building about June 1st. In Detroit 
the transmitter and antenna will be located on the Maccabees Build¬ 
ing. Delivery of the transmitter is also scheduled for June 1st. 

ABC’s Los Angeles transmitter requires the construction of 
a building on Mt. l/Vilson, a project now under way. In San Francisco, 
ABC has concluded an agreement to purchase the Sutro property for 
housing the transmitter and for temporary studios. 

In New York, the transmitter probably will be located on 
the Chrysler Building and final arrangements for occupation of this 
site, which would be shared with Columbia Broadcasting System, are 
proceeding favorably. 



Opposition of the Radio Manufacturers’ Association to a 
proposed New York City ordinance to license all radio technicians 
was voiced by Executive Vice President Bond Geddes and General 
Counsel John 1/V. Van Allen at a conference yesterday (Feb. 10) in 
the assembly room of the Commerce and Industry Association of New 
York, N. Y. 

At the same time RlIA officials outlined the industry plan 
for curtailing abuses in radio servicing. 

The New York conference was called by a committee, appoint¬ 
ed by City Councilman Stanley M, Isaacs, author of the proposed lic¬ 
ensing bill, and will make recommendations to him. 

The RMA recommendation proposed by its Service Committee, 
is that manufacturers, their distributors, and dealers, urge the pub¬ 
lic by advertising and other means to patronize^manufacturers’^author 
ized sales and service agencies when their receivers need repairs. 





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Not a minute’s time is being lost by the American Telephone 
and Telegraph Company Long Lines in extending its television network 
facilities in various parts of the country, some of which is expect¬ 
ed to be in use by the time the national political conventions meet 
in Philadelphia. 

V/hen the microwave radio relay system between Boston and 
New York was opened and linked with the New York-Washington coaxial 
cable last November, the Long Lines excerimental television network 
was lengthened to about 500 miles. During 1948, two additional tele¬ 
vision circuits will be provided over the coaxial lines between New 
York and Washington, and two between Washington and Richmond, thus 
extending the television network southward to the latter city. 

In addition, installation of ecuipment will be in progress 
to provide two television circuits over coaxial cables between Phil¬ 
adelphia and Chicago, and between Chicago and St. Louis, Television 
circuits between these cities are expected to be ready for service by 
early 1949. 

Long Lines also plans to provide television terminal equip¬ 
ment, including monitoring and operating facilities, at Richmond, 
Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, and St. Louis, as well as at New 
York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington - which have already 
some terminal equipment. Vifhen all these television circuits are 
ready for service and all of the terminal equipment has been complet¬ 
ed, a program originating in any one of these cities might be car¬ 
ried to the other eight, Long Lines Magazine explains. 

Other projects included in the 1948 construction plans are 
the two new radio relay systems previously mentioned - the one be¬ 
tween New York and Philadelphia and that between New York and Chic¬ 
ago. Construction on the New York-Philadelphia system has already 
begun and is expected to be completed early this Summer. Work on 
the New York-Chicago system, which will incorporate improvements 
over the experimental radio relay link recently opened between New 
York and Boston, will also be under way this year. When completed, 
both systems can provide additional telephone channels or may be 
used for the transmission of television. 



That the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cul¬ 
tural Organization (UNESCO), has its eye on a worldwide radio net¬ 
work is indicated by a resolution passed at the UNESCO meeting in 
Mexico City. It read: 

”In the development of the radio work of UTTESCO, the 
Director-General is instructed: 


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”To cooperate in the operation of a United Nations world 
radio network if one is established, by accepting membership of the 
proposed Radio Board which will govern its program policies and by 
participating in the programming of educational, scientific and cul¬ 
tural material for the Network, provided that in the early stages 
such participation must be of limited extent. 

”To re-examine the possibility and advisability of estab¬ 
lishing a UNESCO V^Torld Radio Network if a United Nations! network 
is not established. To this end, the Director-General shall, dur¬ 
ing 1948: 

’’Call a meeting in Paris of a Radio Program Committee com¬ 
posed of experts from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czecho¬ 
slovakia, China, France, India, Mexico, Poland, United Kingdom, 

United States of America, Switzerland and other countries to be nam¬ 
ed , 

’’Call two meetings of a Radio Program Sub-Committee com¬ 
posed of eight of the members of the Radio Program Committee, 

"Call a meeting of a Council for Educational Broadcasting 
composed of three educationalists and three producers of educational 
broadcasts (from United Kingdom, Switzerland and Brazil), to advise 
and assist UITESCO in promoting developments in educational radio. 

"Produce a limited number of high quality programs in co¬ 
operation with and for the use of national broadcasting organiza¬ 
tions , 

"Promote collaboration between national broadcasting organ¬ 
izations in the production of radio broadcasts to be known as the 
world University of the Air and of other international radio pro¬ 
grams ," 



Majestic Radio and Television Corporation and Majestic 
Records, Inc., of Elgin, Ill., have requested permission of the 
United States District Court to reorganize under Federal bankruptcy 

A. L, Schapiro, counsel for the companies, filed the pet¬ 
itions last Friday and Judge Philil L. Sullivan directed present 
officers of the two companies to continue operations under court 
supervision, pending reorganization, 

Mr. Schapiro said the companies would pay their bills in 
full, the Associated Press reports from Chicago. He said the radio 
and television comnany has assets of ^5,000,000 and the record com¬ 
pany, which leases a plant in Newark, N. J., has assets totaling 
$ 1 , 000 , 000 . 

An earlier Associated Press story said that the companies 
had filed bankruptcy petitions and asked permission to reorganize. 





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Editorial Judgment Not Paid Radio Programs, Eiges Argues 

(Sydney H* Eiges ^ Vice-President., National Broadcast- 

ing Company in ’’Editor and Publisher”) 

Lee Hills, I'^anaging Editor of the Miami (Fla.) Herald , 
has, indeed, made out a persuasive case in Editor & Publisher in 
support of his contention that radio log listings should be paid 
for. Needless to say, we in radio hope his persuasion will win few, 
if any, converts among his colleagues* 

A painstaking survey of 1,682 daily newspapers which we 
recently concluded in the NBC Press Department does not bear out Hr. 
Hills’ assertion that the I'^iami pattern is being followed in 
’’scores of cities”. Our survey shows that in reality a negligible 
proportion of the daily American press is following the practice of 
the Miami newspapers* * * * * 

It is true that in this day of newsprint shortage and ris¬ 
ing costs of production, the problem of printing the logs of an ever¬ 
growing list of radio stations is a grievous one. It is soon to be 
further complicated by an influx of television stations. But dif¬ 
ficult as it is, the problem is capable of mutually beneficial solu¬ 
tion and not by the method propounded by Mr. Hills* 

The solution lies in the simple exercise of the editor’s 
greatest prerogative - his editorial judgment. If he believes radio 
log listings are news in the commonly accepted definition of the 
word, he should print them; if he doesn’t then he shouldn’t* 

To attempt a partial subsidization of what we in radio con¬ 
sider first-rate news, which is what the Miami newspapers are attempt¬ 
ing, will eventually bring economic forces to play upon the free ex¬ 
ercise of editorial judgment, and impair the editor’s essential free¬ 
dom. What looks so glitteringly attractive to Hills today may 
some day become the chain which binds the hand that wields the edi¬ 
tor’s blue pencil. Whi is to say where the line shall be drawn? 

Who is to say where the practice shall stop? 

”Chicago Tribune” National Radio Advertising Zooms Skyward 

(^Advertising Age" 

National advertising of radio sets and housing equipment 
; and supplies in the Chicago Tribune in 1947 totaled 535,469 lines, 

I more than four times the 1941'total, and a greater linage in this 
; classification than all other Chicago newspapers combined. And more 

I than half of this enormous total - 272,536 lines to be exact - came 
from 35 manufacturers using the ’’selective area advertising plan” 
of R. C. (Dick) Swank-, appliance account man in the Chicago Trib ¬ 
une’s national advertising department* At '^1.30 a line (the Sunday 
rate for five Tribune Metropolitan sections), that added up to 
almost ^>355,000 in ”nev/” national advertising* 


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What I An Inventor With Noney? 

(’’Fortune Magazine*’} 

Edwin Hov/ard Armstrong, professor of electrical engineer¬ 
ing at Columbia University, is that enviable rarity - an inventor 
who has made a fortune. Over the last thirty years, Armstrong’s 
four basic discoveries - the regenerative circuit (which took radio 
out of the crystal-detector, headset stage), the superheterodyne 
(the basic circuit of present-day, standard radio), the super-regen¬ 
erative circuit (used in military, forestry, and other ultra-high- 
frequency communication, and the well-known Armstrong system of 
Freauency Modulation (static-free, high-fidelity radio) - have earn¬ 
ed him millions of dollars and are still garnering royalties. 

While the number and im^portance of these discoveries qual¬ 
ify Armstrong for the dual titles of the greatest American inventor 
since Edison and the most important of all radio inventors, includ¬ 
ing Marconi, they have also made him the most controversial figure 
in radio. The controversy^ as almost everyone knows, revolves around 
FM and Armstrong’s patents thereon -and almost every company in the 
business has chosen sides in the fray. One group of set manufactur¬ 
ers, led by Zenith, General Electric, V/estinghouse, and Stromberg- 
Garlson, swear by Armstrong's wide-band FM system and have taken 
licenses under his patents for production of both high-fidelity radio 
sets and the sound circuits in their television models. Another 
group, consisting of RCA, Philco, Crosley, Emerson, and other large 
producers in the field, do not hold licenses from Armstrong though 
they produce both radio and television sets employing FM principles; 
they claim they are using their own YM systems. To settle this dif¬ 
ference, Armstrong is currently preparing to take his case to court - 
a test case whose outcome will be awaited with burning interest by 
the entire radio industry. For it will prove either that Armstrong’s 
licensees forked over royalties unnecessarily or that the companies 
which refused to take licenses owe Armstrong damages on the sets 
employing W. that they have manufactured so far. 

Believes Congress Should Clear Stations Of Libel Responsibility 

{’’Washington Post") 

The principal effect of the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion’s proposed ruling barring censorship of political speeches by 
radio stations, even though such speeches may be libelous, is to en¬ 
large on a hitherto unclear provision of the Federal Communications 
Act. As the agency charged with interpreting the Federal Communi¬ 
cations Act, the FCC holds that this act was meant by Congress to 
supersede those laws of libel which might result in suits against 
radio stations for the content of political broadcasts, * * * * 

It is plain, we think, that there now exists a contradic¬ 
tion, between libel laws and the Federal Communications Act which the 
FCC decision cannot resolve. Indeed, since broadcasters are in ef¬ 
fect told to ignore libel laws, the problem, if anything, becomes 
even more controversial. There are two ways out of the dilemma. One 
is for the validity of the Commission’s interpretation to be tested 
in the Supreme Court, The other, and to our mind preferable, way is 
for Congress specifically to legislate absolution of radio stations 
from libel responsibility for political broadcasts, 


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Recommended engineering standards for U.S.-made radio 
receivers designed for export and covering the electrical perform¬ 
ance of television broadcast transmitters were issued this week by 
the Radio Manufacturers* Association Engineering Department along 
with other new and revised standards for the industry. 

Among the engineering standards recommended for export 
radio receivers are that they shall state the number of receiving 
and amplification tubes, not including rectifier, ballast, or tun¬ 
ing indicators; specify the freouency coverage and the power supply 
voltage and power supply freouency; shall have certain safety and 
shock prevention safeguards; and be properly packaged for shipment. 

Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, President and Chairman of the 
Board, Radio Corporation of America, announced last week that a 
dividend of 87^ cents per share has been declared on the outstanding 
shares of ?^3.50 Cumulative First Preferred stock, for the period 
from January 1, 1948, to March 31, 1948. The dividend is payable 
April 1, 1948, to holders of record at the close of business March 5, 

Frank E. Mullen, Executive Vice President of the National 
Broadcasting Company, left last Saturday on a three-week trip to the 
West Coast to discuss the network’s television plans with motion- 
picture and television executives in Hollywood and San Francisco. He 
will be accompanied by 0. B, Hanson, NBC Vice-President and Chief 

Horace H. Silliman, who joined Bendix Radio as District 
Manager for New England and up-state New York four years ago, moves 
up from the post of manager of distribution, which he assumed last 
year, to merchandising manager. In this department he will superin¬ 
tend liaison operations for the factory among national distributing 
organizations and major retail outlets. 

New Manager of Distribution, Arthur C. Jordan, counts a 
long radio experience in both manufacturing and distributing. Recent 
head of a national manufacturer’s consumer sales organization, he 
has served in important sales management positions with a number of 
manufacturers and their distributors in Philadelphia and Washington, 

Charles ;^rancis Adams, Jr., formerly Executive Vice-Presi 
dent, was elected last week President of the Raytheon Manufacturing 
Company, V/altham, Mass., manufacturer of electronic and communica¬ 
tions eouipment. He succeeds Laurence K. Marshall who was elected 
Chairman of the Board. 

The Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation, shareholders 
approved an increase in the authorized capital stock to 1,000,000 
from 400,000 shares, with the par value remaining at '^5 a share. 


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Following this, the Directors declared a 100 per cent 
stock dividend. 

There is good reason ro expect the present dividend rate 
to be maintained on the increased capital stock, Benjamin Abrams, 
President said. The stock has been on a 25-cent Quarterly dividend 
basis, but extras and a year-end dividend brought total disburse¬ 
ments for 1947 to •‘’^1.90 a share. 

"Polarity Response from Radio Tuning Eye Tubes" is the 
title of an article in the February issue of the National Bureau of 
Standards just off the press. 

"The use of electron-tube tuning indicators for balance or 
null detectors is well known", the article states. "The necessity 
for polarity-sensitive tuning indication in freouency modulation 
reception has given impetus to the development of the new 6AL7-GT 
indicator tube, featuring a dual column type of presentation. For 
instrument work, however, a balance indicator capable of greater 
precision is frequently desired. By means of a special circuit 
M. L. Greenough of the Bureau’s electronic instrumentation laborat¬ 
ory has adapted a conventional ’magic eye’ tube of the variable 
shadow angle type, such as the 6E5, 6U5, and 6N5, to furnish a pol¬ 
arity-sensitive indication. Although this circuit was developed 
for instrument application, it may be of value for adapting a con¬ 
ventional tuning eye to balance indication in FM discriminators," 

The Employee-Employer Relations Committee of the National 
Association of Broadcasters has commended the work of the Industry 
Music Committee and urged that the group be continued as a means of 
coordinating efforts toward the solution of remaining problems. 

The Committee’s commendation was contained in a resolution 
passed Monday by the group, after the hearing of full reports on the 
current status of negotiations now being conducted by several seg¬ 
ments of the industry with the American Federation of Musicians, 

"Accentuate the Positive" is the new order given to all 
KHJ-Don Lee radio announcers in Hollywood by Program Director Charlie 

"When a regularly scheduled program is cancelled and re¬ 
placed by a special event, the announcement preceding the special 
should be worded in a positive fashion rather than a negative one", 
according to Bulotti’s decree, 

"For instance.... 

"’In order to bring you the following special address by 
Secretary Marshall before Congress, the program "Say It V/ith Music" 
has been cancelled,’ In the past, we have taken the opposite appro¬ 
ach by sometimes saying..... 

"’The program originally scheduled for this time has been 
cancelled.’. and often letting it go at that, 

"The positive procedure will apply also to commercial 
programs. First identify the special event upcoming and then thank 
the sponsors. Don’t think the sponsors first and leave the audience 
hanging on a hook." 


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England Has 27,792 Television Sets; Produces 2,700 Monthly,.11 

California And Texas Lead States In No, Of Broadcast Stations....12 
Russia Blochs Agreement On World Radio Channels.12 

Scissors And Paste..... ...13 

Trade Notes..... 15 

No. 1812 


February 18, 1948 


FM stations springing up all over the country like mush¬ 
rooms are stirring up the old issue as to whether or not broadcasting 
stations should pay newspapers for printing radio programs. Looming 
in the background is the increasing number of television stations 
which, so far as newspaper space is concerned, will be a little more 
of the same. 

Although the Question of paid programs is not at present an 
issue in the Capital, it may well serve as a cross-section of other 
cities of the nation to show how the number of broadcasting stations 
have multiplied and to give an idea of the increasing demand for news¬ 
paper space, the scarcity and high cost of paper to the contrary not¬ 

Before World War II, there were only four stations in 
Washington, all standard broadcast - V/RC (NBC); Wf.'IAL (later to be 
ABC); V/OL (MBS and later to be bought by Cowles), and V/TOP (CBS), 

There are now 13 standard broadcast stations in the Washington metro¬ 
politan zone. This may soon be reduced to 12 since last week V/EAM, 
Arlington, Va., 1000 with power daytime, reportedly because of too 
much competition, threw up the sponge and petitioned the FCC for 
approval to sell to North Carolina broadcasters for **'^67,500o WEAM^s 
loss for its first year’s operation was said to have been almost as 
much as the selling price. 

Also in the V/ashington are are 7 FM stations. That jumps 
the number of radio stations from 4 before the war to 20 now, not 
counting the four television stations which have started operating 
diromg tje i)ast year. 

Typical of the way in which the local newspapers are meet¬ 
ing the situation is the way the VJashington Post has been obliged to 
economize on space to get all the new stations aboard. The Post 
recently cut down the daily program allotment from about a third to 
a fifth of a page. This allows for the complete programs from the 
seven oldest standard broadcast stations - WHkL, WRC, WOL, WINX, WWDC, 
and V/TOP, The rest, daytime standard, FM and television stations are 
reduced to agate sized type* Only the hours of operation and fre¬ 
quencies of the daytime and FLi are given, plus an abbreviated agate 
listing of the television station programs. The program space is 
the same on Sunday but the rest of the page is filled out with radio 

Lee Hills, Managing Editor of the Miami Herald , which par¬ 
tially owns Station WO.AM, Miami, poured gasoline on the controversial 
fire recently when he came out in the Editor & Publisher with a spir¬ 
ited defense of why the printing of radio logs by newspapers should 
be paid for. There was an immediate comeback from Syd Eiges, newly 
appointed National Broadcasting Company Vice-President in Charge of 


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Public Relations, Also quick: on the trigger was Morris J, Porter> 
Press Director of Wl'iCP-FM, Belvidere Broadcasting Corporation of 

Mr. Hills said in order to handle the many new stations, 
the Miami Herald , published by John S, Knight of the Chicago Daily 
News and part owner of Station WIND, Chicago, put in a flat charge of 
a day per station for large type program listings. Other station 
programs were prin-^ed in agate. The Miami News (published by former 
Gov. James S. Cox, owner of Station V/IOD, Miami), Joined in this. 

’^The radio men all privately admitted the fairness of this 
policy when we explained it. One, however, was confident the public 
would rise in angry wrath against us. He got most of the others to 
stay out”, Mr. Hills said. * * * * 

’’The public outcry expected by the radio men failed to com. 
In two weeks the Herald had only 26 phone and mail complaints, about 
half of them traceable to the stations. The Nev\rs also had a neglig¬ 
ible number. The public obviously accepted the plan as fair. In 
contract, on the day it started, we left out the agate horoscope and 
had 79 phone complaints in five hours, =►**** 

"After staying out for three months the rest of the broad¬ 
casters in our area started signing up for the paid listings. All 
eight AM stations in Greater Miami now run paid logs in the Herald ♦ 
Five run in the News . Three W. stations are on the air and we give 
their daily highlights free since they have not yet begun extensive 

’’Under a free press, economic and financial considerations 
should have no effect upon the editorial content of a newspaper”, Mr. 
Eiges replied. ”In Miami, it is clear from Mr. Hills’ statement that 
these considerations have played a determining role in the formula¬ 
tion of an editorial opinion on the question of whether or not radio 
log listings should be published free of charge as is any other legi¬ 
timate news, 

”Mr, Hills argues that radio log listings are not news, I 
refer him to the Continuing Studies. These list radio logs among the 
editorial features of a newspaper and not as advertising. '^J’urther- 
more, these studies, conducted by the newspapers themselves, show in 
case after case that radio log listings enjoy extremely high reader- 
ship, That is why they are so prominently featured by newspapers 
across the land.” 

’’Some years ago when I was radio columnist of the New York 
Journal-American , Mr, Hearst decided to eliminate radio columns be¬ 
cause he believed he was contributing too much free advertising to 
radio, which he viewed as a competitor”, Mr. Porter relates. "Today, 
Mr, Hearst is not only in the radio business, but he is establishing 
television stations in Nev/ York, Baltimore and elsewhere, Mr. Hearst 
discontinued radio columns in New York, but Roy Howard refused to go 
along with the idea and gained 40,000 circulation. Mr, Howard still 

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streets radio as he treats the drama and the movies because he real¬ 
izes that radio is an integral part of the modern design of living^ 
and also that it commands an audience greater than the drama and the 
movies. Why shouldn’t it? It costs nothing to stay at home and be 
entertained. Nothing but the original investment made. 

"In Baltimore, the Hearst News-Post had a phenomenal gain 
in circulation last year, and one of the reasons was that the News - 
Post issued, and still does issue, a Saturday section encompassing 
a week of radio programming," 

One of the latest of the syndicated sponsored columns "Tune 
In Tips" by Ted Husing, is prospering if a recent advertisement is 
an indication. It read: 

"This column gives you controlled radio program publicity - 
week in, week out . . . lists local times and stations , . , costs 
per 1,000 circulation ... in 52 newspapers, major cities, 

11 million circulation. Exclusive time franchises." 



Plans for the construction of new television studios in New 
York City, involving the expenditure of ’’several hundred thousand 
dollars" were announced in New York Tuesday by Frank Stanton, Presi¬ 
dent of the Columbia Broadcasting System. The studios will be erect 
ed in the Grand Central Terminal Building, where CBS has its present 

Two main studios will have floor areas of fifty-five by 
eighty-five feet and ceiling heights of forty-five feet. The init¬ 
ial stages of the renovation are expected to be completed in April, 
after which CBS video intends to go on on a full seven-day schedule 
of programming. 

A feature of the new facilities, according to Mr. Stanton, 
will be an elaborate "client’s booth", where sponsors of programs 
will be able to follow the action on the television stage and also 
see how it looks on a receiving screen. 

The size of the studios, Mr. Stanton said, will accommodate 
a number of stage sets to permit quick scene changing. 

Construction of the New York studios is a major step in the 
plans of CBS for building a nationwide video network, Mr. Stanton 



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Climaxing a week^s commercial tryout, WLWT, Crosley’s new 
television station in Cincinnati formally opened last Sunday. There 
was a special salute to the powerful newcomer by Niles Trammell, 
President of the National Broadcasting Company, and his right hand 
man, Frank E. Mullen, NBC Executive Vice-President. The finale was 
interviews with James D* Shouse, President of The Crosley Broadcast¬ 
ing Corporation, and Robert E. Dunville, Vice-President and General 

The actual power of the new WLV/T transmitter, is 5,000 
watts but the transmitter is used in conjunction with a 571 foot 
antenna which added to its high elevation will give the WLV/T signal 
an effective power of 50,000 watts, according to R. J. Rockwell, 
Vice-President in Charge of Engineering, V/LWT and Crosley^s pro¬ 
posed expenditures in Columbus and Dayton are expected to represent 
an investment of $1,600,000# If the Crosley TV application for 
Indianapolis is granted, it will be even more than that# 

Apropos the V^L1,VT opening, the Cincinnati Times Star , in a 
lengthy article (February 14), gave an answer to the much discussed 
television-vs.-attendance Question. It read in part: 

"Ross Leader, wrestling promoter, has this to say about WLWT 

•’^Since television of wrestling began experimentally last 
September in Cincinnati, interest in local wrestling has increased 

"For this increase, Mr. Leader credits Red Thornburgh^s pro¬ 
match demonstrations, among other factors. He says televised wrest1 
ing has re-awakened an interest in the sport among people who for 
some reason or another had allowed their interest to drift into othe 
sports or forms of entertainment. 

"Mr, Leader clinches the television-versus-attendance ques¬ 
tion by stating, "I’m all for television. The average attendance 
on sixteen matches in 1947-48 against the same number in 1946-47 
shows a marked increase. This - or much of it - I attribute to V/LWT 

"A1 Bechtold, Chairman of the Cincinnati Boxing and Wrestl¬ 
ing Commission, says, ’I have talked with a great many people, esp¬ 
ecially sport fans, who have seen boxing and wrestling through tele¬ 
vision, and at least 85^ of them were very enthusiastic in speaking 
about it.’ 

"He adds, ’I am sure of this fact; television does not af¬ 
fect attendance. To the contrary, I believe it has brought many 
persons to the sport who have seen these sporting events through 
television and were eager to see the real thing.’ 

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♦♦Another conclusive statement comes from the Chairman of 
WKRC^s Golden Gloves tourney, Charleton Wallace. In a Times-Star 
front-page article Thursday, January 15, Wallace announced that WLW*s 
television station would televise the W^C-sponsored Golden Gloves 
tourney. At that time he commented that the affair might provide an 
answer to the question whether attendance at sports events is cut down 
through televising the program. 

”His answer is expressed in a letter by WKRC’s Managing Dir¬ 
ector, Hulbert Taft, Jr., to Mr. Shouse, President of the Crosley 
Broadcasting Corporation, 

’’"In our opinion, one national controversy was settled and 
one national precedent was established as a result of WLWT televising 
WKRC’s Golden Gloves, 

♦♦’Here are the figures: 

’’’In 1947, 3,467 people attended Vi/KRC’s Golden Gloves in 

’’’In 1948, 7,283 people attended our boxing tourney, 

•’’These figures present definite proof that television helps 
rather than hurts attendance at boxing contests specifically, and at 
sports events generally,’” 

’’Commenting on the ticket sale question, Chick Mileham, 
University of Cincinnati’s Director of Athletics, says, ’University 
of Cincinnati football and basketball games have been televised to 
date. Ticket sales to both events have been as great or greater than 
in previous years, indicating that television in no way impairs ad¬ 
missions to the games, 

”’In fact’, Mileham adds, ’hundreds of persons who were un¬ 
able to buy tickets have been able to satisfy their interest in UC 
athletics by watching football and basketball on television,’” 

"Edward P, VonderHaar of Xavier University’s Public Rela¬ 
tions Department, is an enthusiastic television fan. As Mr, Vender 
Haar says, ’For such events as boxing, wrestling and fencing where the 
contestants are one man against another in a limited area, television 
gives everyone a better-than-ringside seat. It is better-than ring¬ 
side because it has the flexibility of head-and-shoulders closeup to 
overall view from any angle well above the confining ropes,’ 

"In team sports, according to Mr, VonderHaar, ’Television 
scores with its many eyes’, because it can ’whisk the spectator in¬ 
stantaneously from the top of the press box right into the center of 
the players’ huddle anywhere on the field.’” 



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Facsimile newspapers were received last Monday at leading 
department stores in the first post-war demonstration of the new 
medium on a large scale. The papers were written and edited by a 
staff of The New York Times and transmitted over WQXR-FM. 

The first edition of the paper was transmitted from the 
tenth floor of The Times Building at 11;05 A.M, on machines designed 
by John V. L. Hogan. In the department stores there was consider¬ 
able interest as the paper unrolled on the recorder attached to a 

The paper^s six editions were sent out five minutes after 
each hour between 11 A.M. and 4 P.M. Each edition contained four 
pages, with the women^s page the only section unchanged in all edi¬ 
tions, The pages were eleven and a half inches long and eight inch¬ 
es wide. 

Demonstrations will continue four weeks and will be received 
at five minutes after the hour, between 11 A.M. and 4 P.M,, at the 
following stores; ' 

B. Altman, Arnold Constable, Bloomingdale^s Franklin Simon, 
Lord & Taylor, R. H. Macy, James McCreery, Gimbel Brothers, Saks- 
34th Street, John V\ranamaker, Abraham & Straus, Loeser^s, Gertz and 

The Times said editorially: 

’’Some bold claims have been made for the facsimile (which 
means ’exact copy’) method of transmitting news. They may have given 
the impression that it is only a matter of a few months, or years, 
until a subscriber can receive his individual newspaner in his own 
home by that means each morning, V/e cannot say how soon the day will 
come when even such a small newspaper as our facsimile edition will 
be available by those means. The recording machines are expensive; 
they are being produced only in limited quantity. Transmission is 
limited, as is television, by the horizon. It would require a chain 
of radio stations to blanket the country with such a newspaper. But 
our new facsimile is at least a portent of things to come. How im¬ 
portant a portent we leave to the future." 

The V/ashington Post commented: 

"Facsimile has incorrectly been termed a revolutionary method 
of publishing a newspaper. It is simply a revolutionary method of 
distributing a newspaper. The elaborate, painstaking and expensive 
process of gathering news, writing it, editing it, setting it in type 
and arranging it for publication all remain unchanged by facsimile. 

The new technioue would, however, eliminate a number of exceedingly 
costly and cumbersome steps in getting the finished product to the 
reader. Stereotyping would be unnecessary; rotary presses could be 



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forgotten; there would be no need for mail trucks or delivery boys. 

In short, the cost of operating a conventional newspaper plant 
could be cut almost in half. And this might have the tonic effect 
of making it economically possible for many new newspaper enter¬ 
prises to be started, thus augmenting competition in a field where 
monopoly control is peculiarly dangerous.” 



It looks as if the nev; Fort Industry television station in 
Toledo, WSPD-TV, may be finished in time to make its debut on the 
air as a Queen of the May, Vice-President E. Y, Flanigan of the 
Fort Industry Company, which is headed by Commander George B, Storer 
and J. Harold Ryan, believes the station will be completed sometime 
in Fay or soon thereafter. 

An important addition to the Fort Industry staff is Steve 
Martin, television studio production director. He was formerly 
producer-director of IWJ-TV Detroit. Prior to that time he had been 
producer-director with CBS TV in New York City, 



The Erie Railroad has initiated v/hat is said to be the 
most comprehensive main-line installation of very-high-frequency 
radiotelephone equipment yet undertaken by any railroad. 

The railroad already has begun installation of the radio 
system on its Kent, Mahoning and Meadville Divisions, to provide com¬ 
plete coverage over more than 300 miles of main-line trackage between 
Marion, Ohio, and Salamanca, New York. Complete installation with 
full operation is expected by May first. 

Equipment used in the system is being delivered by the 
Farnsworth Television & Radio Corporation, Fort V/ayne, Indiana, All 
main-line Diesel passenger and Diesel freight locomotives operating 
over these three divisions of the Erie will be radio-ecuipped. In 
equipping both cabs of seven three-unit passenger locomotives and 
nine four-unit freight locomotives, as well as 15 cabooses, a total 
of 47 mobile radio installations will be made. In addition, 14 way- 
side offices will be equipped to provide complete radio coverage. 

This radiotelephone system will permit instantaneous and 
constant communication between the engineer in the cab and the train 
conductor in the caboose, as well as by both of them with wayside 
offices and crew members of other radio-equipped trains. 

The Erie’s procosed plan will utilize only very-high-fre¬ 
quency space radiotelephone circuits for fixed point-to-train and 
front-to-rear train communications, 

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International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation announced 
Monday that the consolidation of its manufacturing activities 
through the acquisition of International Standard Electric Corpora¬ 
tion, New York, by Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation, Clifton, 
New Jersey^ has been approved by the Board of Directors. Both com¬ 
panies are I, T. 8c T, subsidiaries. Through the acquisition of the 
stock of ISE the Federal will control the major manufacturing sub¬ 
sidiaries of the ITT system throughout the world, including more 
than thirty plants in twenty-four different countries. 

After the consummation of the operation, the capitalization 
of the Federal will total approximately 5*^100,000,000. Combined sales 
of Federal and ISE for 1947 amounted to $154,000,000. At the end of 
the year, orders on hand totalled $224,000,000 as compared to 
$195,000,000 at the end of 1946# 

Four important appointments were also announced. Fred T. 
Caldwell, President of International Standard Electric and Vice-Presi¬ 
dent and Director of I, T, & T., has been elected President of 
Federal. Rear Admiral Ellery VI. Stone, USNR, formerly Chief Commis¬ 
sioner of the Allied Control Commission in Italy, and a Vice-Presi¬ 
dent of I.T.& T., has been elected Executive Vice-President of 
Federal. R, C. Blackinton has been elected '^-ice-President of Federal, 
in charge of production. Mark A. Sunstrom, Vice-President of I.T.& T., 
has been elected Executive Vice-President of International Standard 
Electric Corporation, 



The tower of the new television station of former Gov. 

James Cox, Jr. in Dayton, WHIO-TV, will be 568 feet, which is 13 feet 
higher than the Washington Monument. RCA will furnish the equipment 
for the station, 

J. Leonard Reinsch, Managing Director of Cox-owned stations, 
has announced that WHIO-TV will use mobile unit equipped with two 
cameras to train personnel beginning next Summer, 

Robert H. Moody is General Manager of VIHIO-TV, Ernest L. 
Adams, Chief Engineer of T/VHIO and WHIO-TV’’, will supervise the new' 
installations and subsequent maintenance,' Leser G. Spencer, Program 
Director of WHIO, will be in charge of programming on VIHIO-TV, 


The Federal Communications Commission last Monday granted 
assignment of license for KCBC, Des Moines, from Capital City Broad¬ 
casting Co., to Kapital City Broadcasting Company for a consideration 
of $133,798 plus certain liabilities and obligations, 

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With television outlets already being operated or under con¬ 
struction at Mutual Broadcasting System stockholder-stations in New 
York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles, it is now definitely in¬ 
dicated that these key cities will soon become the chief originating 
centers for the network's television activities. 

In anticipation of this, and the addition of other MBS 
affiliated television stations, a number of which are under construc¬ 
tion and others with applications pending, Mutual is keeping abreast 
with television developments throughout the country, preparing for 
presentations on both a regional and national scale^ 

Work is progressing rapidly in conjunction with the New York 
and V/ashington outlets. The Don Lee station on the West Coast is 
currently on the air with a varied schedule of television programs, 
including video presentation of Mutual*s week-day "Oueen For A Day” 
and ’’Heart’s Desire” audience participation series. The MBS Chicago 
key station, WGN-TV, is also on the air with its test pattern and 
expects to begin regular programming within the next few v/eeks. 

In New York and "Washington, construction permits are held 
by V/OR, which will operate Mutual television affiliates in these two 
cities. In Boston, Mass., Mutual’s Yankee Network affiliate, WNAC, 
has recently received a construction permit for a television trans¬ 
mitter and expects to be on the air within a few months. 

The Yankee Network also has an application pending for 
Bridgeport, Conn. Stations WIP, Philadelphia, and WHK, Cleveland - 
both Mutual stockholders - are among the others whose television 
applications are pending at this time. In addition, Mutual affili¬ 
ated stations in Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston, Miami Beach and 
Reading, Penna,, have already filed their applications, while numer¬ 
ous others will file very shortly. 

In planning its nation-wide television set-up, Mutual will 
have the advantage of many years of experience on the part of such 
television leaders as J, R, Poppele, of V/OR, "^resident. Television 
Broadcasters’ Association, and Vice-President, Bamberger Broadcast¬ 
ing Service, as well as Lewis Allen V/eiss and Willet Brovm, of the 
Don Lee Broadcasting System, who have been actively concerned in 
experimental television broadcasts for sixteen years. All three are 
members of Mutual’s Board of Directors, and Mr. V/eiss is Chairman of 
that Board, 


In the two weeks that it has been available as an ABC co¬ 
operative program, ”Mr, President”, already has 36 sponsors in as 
many different cities, ”Mr,' President” is one of the first top¬ 
flight network dramatic programs with historical interest made avail¬ 
able as a co-op. 



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The WestinghoQse Home Radio Division at Sunbury, Pa., estab¬ 
lishing a new production record, manufactured more than 500,000 radio 
receivers with a factory billing of $22,500,000 during 1947, F. 

Sloan, Division Manager, said last week summing up 1947 operations and 
revealed plans for exceeding this production record by 50 percent 
during 1948. 

’’Despite production increases well above the original 1947 
plans, culminating in a December output of 70,000 table and console 
radios, a new monthly record, the year was marked by a continuous 
strong demand on the part of our distributors and dealers for more 
Westinghouse radios than we could manufacture”, the report said. 

”To meet this high demand, 1948 production quotas have been 
set 50 percent higher than those of last year, and the current line 
of radios will be expanded to include new models in strategic price 
brackets not now served.” 

Outstanding new development for the Division in 1948 will be 
the new line of W^estinghouse television receivers, the report stated. 
The first television receiver, model 181, a console with a 10” tube 
housed in a Chinese Chippendale cabinet, has been introduced in New 
York and as production increases, will be presented in Philadelphia, 
Boston, Washington, and other television areas. Other television 
models are now under development for early production at the Sunbury 



I. R. Poppele, President, Television Broadcasters* Associa¬ 
tion, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mutual Broadcast¬ 
ing System, on the IffiS ’’The Veteran V/ants To Know” program last 
Sunday, said: 

’’There are now 30,000 people actually working in television 
now. And an additional five thousand people should be actively work¬ 
ing in television by December (1948), Television employment is going 
to increase by leaps and bounds from then on ... by December, 1950, 
100,000 is a conservative estimate.* * * * 

’’With the basic information which veterans obtained working 
with radar, they are fortunate young men in having the advantage of 
being able to adapt themselves to television with just a little extra 



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Don Lee engineers began the task; of installing the studio 
equipment and cables that will service the new KHJ-Mutual Don Lee 
studios in Hollywood, on Monday, February 16th. More than 23,000 
feet of radio cable must be used connecting each studio with the 
huge master control panels, and another 12,000 feet will be utilized 
for intra-studio connections. 

First studios are expected to be wired and tested within 
five weeks, with other studios being wired also as walls and decorat¬ 
ing work in each is finished. 

Fourteen newly designed studio control consoles, eight of 
which will handle up to 12 microphones at once, will be installed. 
These consoles will be linked with master control and with all sound 
facilities in its studio - such as sound effect, echo, and filter 
microphones. Eighty-four of the microphones will be installed in 
the studios, along with 29 special studio speakers, 20 record turn¬ 
tables, eight custom-built sound-effects trucks, and six recording 
machines for transcribing programs. 



Three hundred thousand dollars has been ear-marked for the 
initial expenditure by the Cowles Broadcasting Company for a televi¬ 
sion station in Des Moines, according to an application filed with 
the Federal Communications Commission by T. A. M, Craven, Cowles’ 
Washington Vice-President. 

Commander Craven has applied for television Channel 9 (186- 
192 me) at Des Moines, power of 25.5 10/7 visual, 12,75 aural. The 
first year’s expenses are expected to be $120,000. 



Production of television sets in England during the first 
9 months of 1947 totaled 18,625, a monthly average of approximately 
2,700. Production of television sets did not begin until July, 1946, 
27,792 television licenses were in effect, all in England. 

Production of radios in the United Kingdom during the first 
9 months of 1947 totaled 1,383,000 sets, compared with 915,000 during 
the corresponding period of 1946. 

The number of sound radio receiving licenses in effect in 
the United Kingdom as of October 31, 1947, was 10,992,471. Of these, 
9,361,769 were in England, 1,041,289 in Scotland, 420,667 in V7ales, 
and 168,746 in Northern Ireland. 

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California has more authorized broadcast stations than any 
other State, with Texas a close second, according to a tabulation of 
Federal Communications Commission lists. Each has a total of more 
than 200 standard, FM and television grants collectively. Next in 
order are Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Ohio, with over 
100 each. 

In standard (AH'!) authorizations, Texas heads the list with 
153, followed by California’s 129, Pennsylvania’s 98, New York’s 89, 
and North Carolina’s 86. 

In number of FfA authorizations, California tops the list 
with 87, followed by Pennsylvania with 80, New York with 79, and Ohio 
and Texas with 66 each. 

Two States - New Jersey and Ohio - and the District of Col¬ 
umbia, have more FM than AM grants. Only two States - Montana and 
Vermont - presently have no FM authorizations, 

California heads the States in number of television author¬ 
izations. It has 12; New York has 10, Ohio 9, and Pennsylvania 6, 
Eighteen States are still with TV authorizations, 

Puerto Rico has more AJi authorizations than 14 States, and 
its FM grants exceed the number in each of 7 States. However, no 
territory or possession yet has a T^7 authorization, 



The drawing up of a new international schedule of radio 
broadcasting freouencies at Geneva, Switzerland, is being seriously 
handicapped by Russian non-cooperation, it v/as learned last week by 
the New York Times . 

The Provisional Freauency Board of the International Tele¬ 
communications Union is just beginningthere (Geneva) its long job of 
reallocating frequencies. Because it refused to proceed in the man¬ 
ner that the Russians wanted, they have refused to give it informa¬ 
tion on the wave bands they desire. V/ithout this information the 
Soviet Union cannot be fitted into the world pattern. 

Non-cooperation of any nation in this field is rather more 
serious than it is in political or economic matters. Relatively few 
transmitters operating in somebody else’s channel can frustrate the 
operations of the entire world communications system. So potentially 
dangerous is any kind of retaliation in this area that even Nazi 
Germany never violated the international freauency conventions, 



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Television ^Wailing Walls For Movie Managers”? 

(Ashton Stevens in Chicago '**^Herald-American’*) 

The year changes, the whirling globe changes, and I am 
wondering what will be the next great alteration of that little ball 
we call the amusement world* 

From where I sat the other evening in the spacious bar of 
Mike Fritzel’s pleasant eating spot for the middle classes, the as 
yet enormously undeveloped industry of television looked likely to 
make the next sensational attack on the eyes and ears of the masses, 
perchance doing to the motion picture what it had done to vaudeville 
and even to the legitimate theater unless — 

Unless the motion picture, recalling its own long and ig¬ 
nominious servitude as an audience-chaser in the two-a-day and the 
"continuous" - unless the motion picture straightway hooked up with 
television and provided the new partner with reasonable facsimiles 
of its billions of dollars *-worth of talking photographs of plays and 

Strong men and brave women were standing six-deep behind the 
stools at Fritzel’s bar, pop-eyed and Gabled-eared over a minor 
sports event. But this, a travelled companion informed me, was noth¬ 
ing compared with the Manhattan mobs that had jam-packed the places 
that televised the World Series and the Louis-’«Valcott fight, thereby 
leaving so many seats vacant in New York’s cinemas as to turn the 
walls of those structures into little less than wailing walls for the 
movie managers. 

Petrillo Had ’Em In Stitches 


In two hours the fascinated House of Representatives Commit¬ 
tee was gazing at Petrillo like high-school sophomores watching a 
juggling act. One member, Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressman 
Carroll D. Kearns, a member of the union, suggested amending the 
Taft-Hartley Act to authorize royalties on records sold for commer¬ 
cial use. The hearing ended. Everyone - including lames Caesar 
Petrillo - seemed very, very happy. 

Merry Scramble Seen For Television Network Positions 

(Martin Codel’s Television Digest and FM Reports) 

Somebody’s going to be left behind, some new interests may 
even come to fore, in merry scramble for network positions now under 
way in W* Even should all TV channels in major markets be granted 
within a year, as we expect, it looks like present network lineups 
will be sorely shaken so far as TV affiliations are concerned. Lim¬ 
ited number of TV channels is basic reason. The network moguls are 
plenty concerned, too. 

You may even see new network names emerge - in fact, one 
move toward that end has already begun. Idea is for Chicago 

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Tribune’s WGN-TV (due to start in March) and New York News’ WPIX 
(due in June) to form nucleus of ’’newspaper T\'’ network” - rich, 
powerful McCormick-Patterson radio interests to link with Philadel¬ 
phia Inquirer’s V/FIL-TV, Baltimore Sun’s WMAR-TY, Washington Star’s 
WMAL-TV, Scripps-Howard’s Cleveland WEWS, et al. They’re already 
agreed on an exchange-of-film syndicate. 

Despite lots of publicity about network plans involving 
stations not yet granted, some not even asked for, fact is only NBC 
has as yet really tied up any substantial number of firm network 
affiliations. Others are moving at snail’s pace, seemingly in daze, 
CBS, for example, emerging from apparent lethargy after losing color 
fight, at moment is preparing to link Philadelphia Bulletin’s WCAU- 
TV (due to test Feb, 10) to its New York WCBS-T^^ - but that’s about 
all that’s definite. 

CBS can only hope to get into key Los Angeles somehow (pos¬ 
sibly with an affiliation contract only, for even the Thackrey pro¬ 
perties, including C? for T^T^ have been withdrawn from sale). Its 
officers candidly admit they missed the boat there. Also, CBS faces 
touch local competition in quest for stations of its own in Chicago 
and Boston, not to mention any other major market for which it may 
later decide to apply. CBS has one license, seeks the 2 more, is en¬ 
titled to go for 5 limit. 

MBS rests its TV fortunes on its strong stockholders - Macy- 
Bamberger with WOR’s CPs for New York and Washington, Chicago Trib¬ 
une (V/Gasf-TP/) , Yankee Network (CP for Boston, applicant for other New 
England facilities), Don Lee (TV pioneer in Lcs Angeles, claimant in 
San Francisco), Cimbel’s(seeking Philadelphia outlet), Cleveland 
Plain Dealer (seeking Cleveland), MBS board met in Washington Friday; 
officials say it has first TV refusals from all - this despite Chicago 
Tribune in ’’newspaper network” talk. 

And ABC, probably goaded by FCC action ordering its lagging 
Detroit CP to hearing, announced this week all its 5 granted T^s 
(Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco) will be oper¬ 
ating by end of year. It claims sites already obtained for all but 
New York, where it’s trying to get into Chrysler Bldg, with WCBS-TY^-^ 
probably will. It reported plans for 3 preliminary regional networks 
with these nuclei: Chicago-Detroit, San Francisco-Los Angeles, New 
York-Philadelphia-V/ashington, The trade journal "Broadcasting” re¬ 
ports ABC is considering offering stock to affiliates to raise capital 
for TV expansion. 

On NBC’s part, with Schenectady-to-Washington network already 
operating, soon to embrace stations in Boston, Baltimore and Richmond;, 
with 5 stations of its own assured (2 operating, 2 building, one 
other), with close tieups with 7 of the 17 stations now on the air - 
it sits back and grins as competitors reap harvest of their dalliance. 
So does pioneer DuI.'’ont, with its Washington and New York outlets, 
its CP for Pittsburgh, its network aspirations. So also does Para¬ 
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The Federal Communications Commission this week ordered 
that effective immediately, the provision regarding commercial con¬ 
tinuity in Paragraph 3(a) Part I, Section IV of Form 303 be waived 
with respect to all stations whose licenses expire May 1st. Also 
that this waiver relates only to requirements regarding commercial 
continuity, as distinguished from ”spot announcements’’ and not to any 
other requirement in the paragraph* 

Senator William Danger (R), of North Dakota, in a speech 
made in the Senate last week, listed Edward I. Noble, Chairman of 
the Board of the American Broadcasting Company and David Sarnoff, 
Chairman of the Board of the Radio Corporation of America, as being 
among those in favor of the St. Lawrence Waterway. 

President Truman last Tuesday asked the Senate to approve 
a new set of international rules for radio and other forms of com¬ 
munication. They were agreed to last October by representatives of 
seventy-eight countries at a conference in Atlantic City over which 
Charles Denny, then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission 

An agreement with regard to the manufacture of television 
receivers under DuMont patents and the exchange of engineering and 
manufacturing information has been effected by Allen B. Dul.^ont Labor¬ 
atories, Inc., and the Crosley Division, Avco Manufacturing Corpora¬ 
tion, it was announced this week. The announcement was made jointly 
by Dr. Allen B. DuMont, President of the Laboratories, and R, C. 
Cosgrove, President of Avco and G-eneral Manager of the Crosley Divi¬ 

A construction permit for a new station to operate on 1530 
kc. with 50 O/ power was granted the Texas Star Broadcasting Company 
of Harlingen, Texas, last Monday. This provided for unlimited time, 
except for the interval between local sunset at Cincinnati, Ohio, and 
Sacramento, Cal., DA day and night, provided applicant agrees to 
satisfy all legitimate complaints of blanket interference occurring 
within the 250 mv/m contour and subject to approval of the proposed 
transmitter site and antenna system by the CAA. 

’’Slash Those Taxes" is the title of a book just published 
by Duell, Sloan & Pearce, Inc., 270 Madison Avenue, N. Y. (Price 
•*^2,00). The authors are William P. Helm and Daniel E, Casey. 

Mr. Helm was financial editor for the U. S. News from 1941 
to 1946, He is the author of three previous books on taxation and 
of "Harry Truman: A Political Biography", published during the Fall 
of 1947, 

Mr. Casey is Vice-President and Secretary of the American 
Taxpayers’ Association with headquarters in Washington, For more 
than two years he has had charge of a weekly NBC program, co-sponsor 
of which has been the Taxpayers’ Association. 


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Harry C. Chrabot, who has been appointed Assistant Sales 
Manager in Charge of Advertising and Sales Promotion for the Zenith 
Radio Distributing Corporation, before the war was Sales engineer 
for the Chicago Pump Company, and served during the war as Major in 
the Ouartermaster Corps, 

Voters yesterday were considerably less sympathetic with 
organized labor^s campaign to repeal or revise the Taft-Hartley Labor 
Relations Act than they were when the controversial law took effect 
a half year ago, a late Gallup Poll reveals. Actually, Institute 
surveys in the last six months show a steady decline in voters sup¬ 
porting the official stand of labor union leaders on the Act, 

Today less than 40 percent of voters who have heard or read 
about the Act favor revision or outright repeal, contrasted with 53 
percent just after Congress overrode President Truman’s veto last 

A reduction of f’50 on its 152-162 me. band Triple Skirt 
Colinear Coaxial anteima, effective March 1, was announced by Motor¬ 
ola, Inc. The new prr'.ce is $150, The multi-skirted antenna is des¬ 
cribed as a controlled low-angle radiator designed to suppress high- 
angle sky radiations and ”end-fire”. It is said to give more low- 
angle ground radiation per watts input for maximum range. 

Clyde A, Peterson, Chief Designer for the Home Radio Divi¬ 
sion at Sunbury, Pa., was awarded a ^75 Westinghouse honorarium for 
the United States patent covering design features of the Duo, table- 
phonograph combination featuring a ”lift-out’’ radio which can be used 
as a separate instrument, F. M, Sloan, Division Manager, has announced. 

Certified representatives of NAB member stations are receiv¬ 
ing this week from Ernst & Ernst, certified public accountants, their 
nominating forms for the nomination and election of 16 new members of 
the 26-member NAB Board of Directors, to be chosen for eight even- 
numbered districts and classifications represented by eight directors- 

The history of television from the year 1873, dramatizing im¬ 
portant events in its progress and showing some of the original equip¬ 
ment used in early experiments, will be presented on the "Eye Witness" 
program over the NBC East Coast television network next Thursday, 

Feb, 26 (8:00 ■p.!\ , E3T), 

Dr. V, Zworykin, Vice President and technical consultant 
for the Radio Corporation of America, who perfected the present-day 
kinescope (receiver tube) and developed the iconoscope (camera tube), 
will be the guest on the program. 

The six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Taft- 
Hartley Bill into law will be the occasion for a special broadcast by 
Rep, Fred A. Hartley, Ir. (R), of New Jersey, co-author of the bill, 
over the Mutual network on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 10 P.M, EST. 















Radio — Television — FM — Communications 
2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 

LEGAL Department 


FEB 2 7 194U 


V/ilson New A.T.& T, President Is Made To Order For TV Era.1 

More Time Asked In Netherlands, Etc., Circuits Re-Hearing..3 

Marvels U.S. Established With Such Primitive Communications.4 

Recording Call Issue Despite Petrillo Ban...5 

Manufacturers Cooperate In Reducing Radio Interference,.6 

”Voic.e Of America” V/ill Add 8 Languages To Its 23.6 

Sen. Taylor Chooses Radio To Announce Y-P Candidacy^..7 

Commercial Broadcast Records Photostats Nov; Available,.7 

FCC To Amend Rules Concerning Program Origination Points.8 

Estimates There are 181,000 Television Receivers In U.S.8 

Station Figures Cost Of Paid Radio Programs At ^30,000.9 

Record Output Of 30,001 Television Sets Last Month.10 

Radio Stations Will Soon Outnumber Daily Newspapers....10 

Manufacturers Urged To Put FM In Every Set....12 

Delaware Women Present Anti-Liquor Ad Broadcast Protests.12 

Hit-Run Lookout Call Rates Top In Beamed Programs,.,...12 

Scissors And Paste...13 



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February 25, 1948 


A wise choice was made insofar as the broadcasting 
industry was concerned in selecting an engineer to succeed Walter S, 
Gifford as President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Com¬ 
pany if only to handle the fast growing requirements of television 
to say nothing of FI-. Leroy A, Wilson, a young Hoosier who has 
zoomed to the top so fast that ’’Who^s Who” hasnH caught up with 
him yet, in addition to being an engineer, is also good at figures 
that he became A. T* & T.’s financial Vice-President, a pretty im¬ 
portant position in view of the fact that the company spent 
$1,105,000,000 for new construction in 1947, 

The microwave radio-relay circuit completing the NBC 
V7ashington-New York-Boston 500 mile television network cost more 
than $2,000,000. Next yearns construction expenditures will be even 
heavier. Long Lines carrier for broadcasting and television alone 
expects to spend $83,000,000 in expanding its facilities across the 
country. V/ith all this and much more in sight, Nr. Gifford, now 63 
years old, has been elevated to the A. T. & T. chairmanship with 
Charles P, Cooper as Vice-Chairman, 

Mr. Wilson, the new President, has just celebrated his 
47th birthday. He was born in Terre Haute, Ind., and graduated from 
Rose Polytechnic in that city in 1922 with the B.3, degree in Civil 
Engineering. While a student at Rose, he worked for the telephone 
company as timekeeper, a job which helped to provide funds to keep 
him in college. 

In the New York Times, John P, Callahan writes of Mr. 


"The road to the presidency of the world»s largest cor¬ 
porate enterprise, the $8,000,000,000 American Telephone and Tele¬ 
graph Company, was traversed with intentional deviations by Leroy 
August V/ilson. A practical philosopher, the new chief executive 
said the ’secret’ of success depended on ’two simple things - first, 
the ability of the individual to analyze a situation and decide 
what should be done, and second, his capacity and courage to get it 

’’The new head of the organization that has half a mil 
lion employees and nearly 725,000 stockholders told of his varied 
career started after he had graduated from Rose Polytechnic Insti¬ 
tute in Indiana in T'^ay, 1922, with one and one-half years’ extra 

’’Three days later, on Tune 1, he joined the Indiana 
Bell Telephone Company, an A. T, & T, subsidiary, as a traffic clerk. 
His salary was $27.50 a week. He became Traffic Superintendent in 
1927 and was transferred to the parent company in New York two years 
later. In 1942 he was promoted to the post of general commercial 


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engineer, and in 1944 was elected '^^’ice President in Charge of Fin¬ 
ance with a salary of ^^75,000 a year. 

’♦V/hile no disclosure was made of the new president's sal¬ 
ary, his predecessor, Walter S. Gifford, who became first Chairman 
of the company last Wednesday, received an annual salary in excess 
of $200,000. 

’’I'r. V/ilson said he had ^no idea’ that he had been con¬ 
sidered for the presidency until he was informed of his election 
at noon last Wednesday after the Board had met. ’I was tremendously 
surprised’, he said auietly, adding that it was a ’busy day that 
kept me here until eleven o’clock that night.’ 

"Between his thirteenth year and his first position with 
the Indiana Bell company when he was 21 years old, he had a variety 
of jobs, ’no one of which was a goal in itself’, he declared, 

"Beginning as a non-salaried operator of a movie projec¬ 
tion machine in 1914 in a ’nickelodeon’, owned by his father, 

Garrett A. Wilson, in his native town of Terre Haute, Ind., and 
later as a piano accompanist to the ’two-reelers of "Perils of 
Pauline" and the like’, he progressed to delivery boy for the Terre 
Haute Tribune. 

"During his high school days he worked as a ’header boy’, 
the fellow who put the black border around enamel cooking pots’ for 
$3 a day. On Sundays he played the trumpet in the B'^aple Avenue 
Methodist Church, with Arthur Nehf at the organ,’ Art Nehf, later, 
in the Twenties, v;as a pitcher for the New York Giants, 

"After he enrolled in Rose Polytechnic in 1919, Mr. Wilson 
worked as a surveyor in coal mines, later as an iron ore shoveler 
in a chemical plant, and a rate engineer on county highway construc¬ 
tion plans in Indiana. 

"Between his sophomore and junior years at the Institute 
he engineered construction projects of the "Pennsylvania Railroad and 
designed bridges. 

"Describing himself as a ’Hoosier’ , i'"r. Wilson said every 
job ’was a challenge to me’, adding the advice that ’if you accept 
each job as a challenge, if you do the best possible job you can, 
you will be happy.’ 

"I"r. Wilson also was a semi-professional baseball player 
for three years after he finished college, but in recent years he 
has confined his exercise to a one-mile walk every day. 

"He married Blanche V/ellhide of Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1928. 
They have a 17-year-old daughter, Shirley Ann, who attends Miss 
Harris’ high school in Miami, Fla. He lives in Glen Ridge, N.J., 
where he is a member of the non-partisan Borough Council," 
















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It is an interesting fact that the first link of the co¬ 
axial cable completed in the Middle West was between Terre Haute, 
Mr. Wilson’s old home town, and St. Louis. Only last week the com¬ 
pletion was announced of the coaxial link between Chicago and St. 
Louis. Extending 363 miles via Terre Haute, which is a vertebrae 
of A. T. & T.’s backbone cable system currently being installed on 
a nationwide scale. NBC will employ this cable to inaugurate a 
regional television network program service between WBNY and K3D.-T^r 
St. Louis late this year or early in 1949. K. T. Rood, of the Long 
Lines predicted equipment for television transmission will be com¬ 
pleted between Chicago and New York at about the same time. 



Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company by its attorneys, James 
A. Kennedy, John F. Gibbons, and John A, Hartman, Jr., has filed 
with the Federal Communications Commission a petition to enlarge the 
issues and to postpone the date of hearing in the reconsideration of 
the Commission's granting to Mackay radio-telegraph circuits par¬ 
alleling RCA’s circuits to the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal and 
Surinam, Dutch Guiana* The Commission onFebruary 12 terminated 
Mackay^s temporary authorization to communicate with these countries 
and set the matter for public hearing Monday, March 8th, 

Also the Mackay Company reouested the Commission to dis¬ 
miss that portion of its application relating to authority to com¬ 
municate with Finland. Mackay explained that it commenced negotia¬ 
tions with the Finland Administration for a I'ackay-Finland circuit 
in August 1946, at which time the Administration agreed in principle 
to the proposed operation. Thereafter, and subsequent to the 
Administration’s having cleared certain technical difficulties, 
Applicant filed with the Commission, on February 7, 1947, applica¬ 
tions for a regular license and for a special temporary authoriza¬ 
tion to operate the proposed circuit. The FCC granted the ten^ior- 
ary authorization in October 1947, since which time Mackay stated 
it has learned that changes have taken place in the position of the 
Finland Administration and for ’’technical and other difficulties” 
the Administration cannot now establish the circuit but ”will revert 
to the subject later”. From information Mackay has received, the 
company stated further that it seems apoarent that there is very 
little possibility of completing arrangements for the inauguration 
of the proposed circuit for auite some time under prevailing condi¬ 
tions in Finland, 

In its petition filed with the FCC last week, the Mackay 
Company reauests: 

(a) That the pending applications of RCA Communications, 
Inc. for authority to communicate with Portugal, Surinam and The 
Netherlands and the applications of Press Wireless for authority to 


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communicate with Portugal and The Netherlands be withdrawn, also 
designated for hearing, and consolidated with the hearing on the 
applications of Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company, 

(b) That upon consolidation of the applications of the 
three carriers for purposes of hearing, the issue with regard to 
maintenance of completion be enlarged to include consideration of 
the same factors in respect to the applications of RCA Communica¬ 
tions and Press Wireless as those which have been established as 
pertinent to a determination of the public interest, convenience 
or necessary involved in consideration of the applications of 

(c) That in view of the time necessary for consideration 
and determination by the Commission of the matters presented here¬ 
inabove and the shortness of time thereafter left for preparation 
for the hearing now set for March 8, 1948, the hearing date be post¬ 
poned for approximately one month* 



Addressing the National Lawyers Guild at Chicago last 
Saturday night, FCC Commissioner Clifford I* Durr marvelled at the 
fact that this country could have been developed as it has when our 
forefathers had such inadenuate means of communications. 

”V;/hen we look back on the geography of our country and 
the pioneering conditions under which people lived one hundred and 
sixty years ago, it seems to me that one of the most remarkable 
things about the establishment of our democratic form, of federal 
government is that the job could have been done at all with the 
primitive and inadenuate tools of communication then available”, 
Commissioner Durr said. ”But given the guarantee of freedom of 
speech and of the press contained in the First Am.endment of our 
Constitution, the very simplicity of the tools of communications 
gave assurance that all opinions would have eouality of access to 
the marketplace of ideas, as limited as that marketplace might be* 
V/hile the printing presses were crude, their cost was within the 
reach of most individuals or groups with ideas to present. When 
presented orally, such competitive advantage as one idea might have 
over another rested solely upon the carrying ouality of the voice of 
its advocate, 

’’Today our morning newsnaper brings us news of yesterday’s 
events throughout the world. Through use of the microphone, the 
spoken word can be amplified so as to be heard at one time in more 
than 35,000,000 American homes. 

’’But the inevitable price of increasing efficiency is in¬ 
creasing concentration in the controls of the channels of communica¬ 
tions. High-speed printing cresses have converted newspapers into 
costly business operations. The cost of establishing a radio sta- 


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tion is, on the average, far less than the cost of establishing a 
newspaper, but it is still beyond the means of the average person. 

An even more serious barrier is that radio freouencies are limited 
in number, and unequal in efficiency and coverage, 

’’The soundest idea uttered on a street corner or even in 
a public auditorium cannot hold its own against the most frivolous 
or vicious idea whispered into the microphone of a national network. 
The most accurate statement of fact run off on a mimeograph machine 
cannot catch up with the most baseless speculations of a columnist 
in a metropolican newspaper, 

"It is only to be expected that developments in the in¬ 
strumentalities of mass communications should be accompanied by 
developments in the technioues of using them* Already the manipu¬ 
lation of the symbols of our loyalties and fears to bring about 
pre-determined mental and emotional attitudes has become a business. 
The services of experts in the art can be had for a consideration," 



The first attempt to break through the Petrillo recording 
ban was seen last week in Hollywood by musicians. 

But recording companies said it was no such thing, the 
Associated Press reported. 

Bandleader Ike Carpenter disclosed he had received notice 
from Standard Radio Transcriptions Co. to renort for a recording 
date Wednesday. His manager, Hal Gordon, said he was awaiting word 
from James C. Petrillo, American ‘’'’ederation of Musicians chief, be¬ 
fore making any commitment. Petrillo’s ban against union member 
recording has been in effect since January 1. 

"We’re caught in the middle", declared Gordon. "We stand 
liable to an injunction if we don’t record, and we’re liable to ex¬ 
pulsion from the union if we do record," 

But a spokesman for a major record company, who asked that 
his name be withheld, thre this light on Standard Radio’s movei 

"It’s Just a technical gimmick to get the company off the 
legal hook on their personal service contracts," 

The same source said most companies are not really inter¬ 
ested in recording for the next six months - "V/e have too big a 
backlog of records made Just before the ban went on." 




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When the police department of a Midwest city reported that 
serious interference was being caused to police calls. Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission field engineers traced the source to an ultra 
violet germicidal lamp used in a grocery store three miles away. 

Inspection of the lamp revealed that it made use of a 
small radio frenuency oscillator which, though not provided with an 
antenna, sent out radio waves that also caused annoying interfer¬ 
ence on radio receivers in the vicinity. Many other complaints by 
safety radio services, broadcast listeners, television set owners, 
amateur radio operators and others from coast to coast have been 
found to be based upon interference from germ-destroying lamps of 
the same type. 

The Commission acquainted the manufacturer with the extent 
to which the device was interrupting important communication ser¬ 
vice as well as radio reception by the general public. The manu¬ 
facturer voluntarily redesigned his product and replaced it with a 
new model which performs the same functions without causing radio 
annoyance. In fact, during a demonstration several days ago in the 
presence of FCC engineers, the improved device was placed directly 
beneath a television receiver and no interference was noted. 

It was for the purpose of reducing serious interference 
to radio services, including broadcast, that the Commission, with 
the cooperation of industry and others concerned, on .Tune 15, 1947, 
placed in effect its rules relating to the use of electronic indust¬ 
rial, scientific and medical appliances. 



The ’’Voice of America” is going to add eight more langu¬ 
ages soon. Officials let this be known after learning that Congress 
appears likely to put up at least 30 million dollars to meet Russian 
and other anti-American propaganda. 

The Government’s official short-wave radio now broadcasts 
in 23 languages. 

The new ones to be added will be mostly those of the 
Middle East and northern European "critical areas” bordering Russia. 
They are Arabic, Turkish, Iranian, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, 
Danish and Dutch. 




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Himself a product of broadcasting, Senator Glen H. Taylor, 
Idaho’s '‘Radio Singing Cowboy'’ chose a broadcast over Station V/TOP 
in Washington (CBS) to announce that he had quit the Democratic 
party to become the vice-presidential candidate on Henry Wallace’s 
third party ticket, 

Mr. Wallace, who was first a Democrat, then a Republican, 
and is now out on his own, was sitting across the table from Senator 

"I am going to cast my lot with Henry Wallace in his 
brave and gallant fight for peace”, declared Senator Taylor. 

The new party. Senator Taylor told reporters after the 
broadcast, will probably be called "The Progressive Party” in the 
"great tradition” of Bob LaFollette and Theodore Roosevelt. 

Mr, Wallace spoke just once during the broadcast. Toward 
the close of his speech, Senator Taylor Queried: 

’’Henry Wallace, do you remember the day I took my seat in 
the Senate? You, as Vice ^resident, administered to me the oath to 
support and defend the Constitution and you were the first to shake 
my hand. And do you remember what I told you then?” 

”I surely do, Glenn”, replied I'^r. Wallace. 

”I said”. Senator Taylor continued- ’’^'"r. V/allace for years 
I have been a great admirer of yours. I like a man who is sincere 
and honest,” 

Senator Taylor first came into fame as a "cowboy crooner” 
over an Idaho station. 



The Federal Communications Commission has awarded a con¬ 
tract to the Charles S, Goetz Co., 1030 - 20th St., N.W., Washington 
D.C., to supply copies of antenna patterns and related documents 
filed with broadcast applications to the public at a reasonable cost 
The increasing number of reoussts by lav/yers, engineers and others 
interested for reproduction of such records has made it necessary 
for the Commission to have such work handled commercially. The com¬ 
pany will prepare master copies of all directional patterns within 
24 hours after they are filed with the Commission. No copies will 
hereafter be furnished by the Commission; all reouests should be 
addressed to the duplicating company. Its prices, established 
through competitive bidding, are on a per page basis, 


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Under the Federal Communications Commission’s present 
Rules and Regulations defining the term ’’main studio”, it is pos¬ 
sible for a broadcast station to originate most of its local pro¬ 
grams from a place other than the city in which their main studio 
is located by the device of broadcasting a majority of its station 
announcements from a studio in the city for which the station is 
licensed. In the Commission’s opinion in determining the location 
of a station, consideration should be given to the place where pro 
grams originate and not station announcements. Accordingly, it is 
proposed to amend the Commission’s Rules and Regulations to accom¬ 
plish this result: 

Section 3.30(a) is amended to read as follows: 

”3.30(a). Each standard broadcast station shall be con¬ 
sidered to be located in the city and state where its main studio 
is located as shown in its license, A majority of the station’s 
non-network programs (computed on the basis of the amount of time 
consumed by such programs and not on the basis of the number of 
such programs) shall originate from such main studio or from other 
studios or remote points situated in the city in which the station 
is located.” 

Section 3.205(a) is amended to read as follows: 

”3,205(a) Each FM broadcast station shall be considered to 
be located in the city and state where its main studio is located as 
shown in its license. A majority of the station’s non-network pro¬ 
grams (computed on the basis of the amount of time consumed by such 
programs and not on the basis of the number of such programs) shall 
originate from such main studio or from other studios or remote 
points situated in the city in which the station is located. 

Sections 3.12 and 3.206 are repealed. 

Any person who is of the opinion that the proposed amend¬ 
ments should not be adopted may file a statement with the Commission 
on or before March 19th setting forth his comments, 



Televiser, a magazine devoted to television, reports that 
a total of 181,000 video receivers had been installed as of February 
1st. Of the total, the area embracing New York, New .Jersey and 
Connecticut accounted for 110,000, of which 96,600 were installed in 
homes and 13,400 in public places. After the metropolitan area, the 
runners-up in ownership of television sets were "Philadelphia,19,500; 
Los Angeles, 13,500; Chicago, 13,300, and V/ashington, 7,300. 

If the sets used as demonstration models in stores are in¬ 
cluded, Televiser reports, the total number of television sets in 
the country now stands at 254,000 



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The great debate continues in the Editor k Publisher as 
to whether or not newspapers should be paid for printing radio pro¬ 
grams, Currently, J. D. Hartford, publisher of the Portsmouth .N.H> 
Herald . writes that two representatives of one leading New England 
station, both of them former newspapermen, readily admitted that 
"you’ve got something there" when they called on the paper recently. 
However, they said their station could not "go along" because, "It 
would cost us ^“30,000 a year if all the papers did the same thing.” 

A Boston station cited the high readership for radio logs. 
This brought a "so what*’" reaction from Nr. Hartford, who commented, 
"Sure, radio listings have high readership. And so does our depart¬ 
ment store and theater advertising. But that’s no argument for giv¬ 
ing that kind of advertising away." 

Currently Lee Hills, Managing Editor of the ?''iaml Herald , 
bangs back at Sydney H. Eiges, Vice-President of the National Broad¬ 
casting Company, who had indicted an eight-column reply to an earl¬ 
ier broadside from Mr. Hills, Says Hills of Eiges and other radio 
station protestants: 

"They dance all around the Question but never really pick 
up the handkerchief. Protesting the policy of the I'^iami Herald and 
Miami Daily News of making a small charge for printing the program 
listings, Mr. Eiges says: 

"1. That it ’will certainly i-^pair relations between 
these two media (radio and press). 

'’V'/hy, any more than it impairs relations for stations to 
charge newspapers for any time on the air*^ Press-Radio relations in 
Miami are better than ever since the change. Radio (and listeners) 
have benefited by vastly improved coverage, 

"2. That the solution (without paid logs) lies in exer¬ 
cise of editorial judgment. 

"We tried that. New stations with scarcely any listeners 
(and therefore no news value) demanded to be listed. It would have 
been to our selfish advantage to decide the issue on ’editorial 
judgment’, since the Knights who own the Herald also own a leading 
network station. 

"3. That radio listings are news. 

"As I wrote before, we consider radio itself first rate 
news. If Mr. Eiges had been reading the Herald he would blush at 
his many inferences that we are trying to cut dov/n radio coverage. 

We have steadily expanded it. We even consider the listings news 
to the extent of publishing them in agate as we do vitals, whether 
the station pays or not. If a station wants big type in the log, 
it pays. All the stations here now want it. 

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'♦4. That the Miami Plan ’will eventually bring economic 
forces to play upon the free exercise of editorial judgment and 
impair the editor's essential freedom.’ 

•’If really big advertisers can’t accomplish this - and 
they can’t - how could one new advertiser do it simply because it 
started paying for radio logs? 

”5. That I have sinned against the profession, and 'demol¬ 
ished the impenetrable wall which should exist between the business 
and editorial departments’ in stepping from lofty editorial heights 
to consider a business problem. 

"Anyone who knows the Knight newspapers - and the integr¬ 
ity of their news columns and editorial pages - will spot this one 
as a dead herring. No newspapers I know are more independent of 
commercial influence. 

"6. That the continuing studies show radio logs are ’news’. 

’•* * * If you use reader interest as the guide, some of 
the most remunerative ads would be run free. 

"7. That the New York Times and other newspapers have 
dropped radio logs and then restored them at public reouest. True, 

It happened again in Buffalo the other day. 

"But the reason newspapers have been over the barrel on 
this one-sided free publicity is clearly explained by Mr. Porter. 

One nev/spaper in a city tries to correct it. It v;on’t work. A 
competitor seizes upon the situation and has an advantage. And 
yet when all newspapers of a given city adopt a fair paid policy, 
and explain it honestly to the public, the public will accept it 
overwhelmingly. That was proved in Miami. * as long as radio 

stations can whipsaw one newspaper against another, they’ll have 
free listings, 

"8, That there are 37,000,000 radio families and that 
'any medium of entertainment and education which enters to inti¬ 
mately into the lives of so many people is indeed news.' 

"The figure on nev/spaper circulations is much higher than 
that. But do stations offer free time to tell listeners about the 
educational features, news and entertainment to be found in their 
newspapers? V/e pay for the radio time. 

"9. That nev/spapers should expand radio logs and news in 
great volume and sell adjoining advertising at premium rates, 

"Mr. Eiges here ignores these facts: (1) The Herald 
under Knight omership has been strongly pro-radio; (2) It has 
greatly expanded radio coverage until we dally carry half a page 
of it exclusive of display ads; (3) That we don't publish free blurbs 
for any advertiser; they get full value for their paid space," 

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Production of television and FM receivers in January con¬ 
tinued at a high rate, but overall set production as usual fell 
below the season peak level of the last quarter of 1947, the Radio 
Manufacturers’ Association reported Monday. 

The output of television receivers by RMA member-companies 
reached a new high of 30,001 last month, exceeding slightly the 
December production of 29,345 despite the fact that December’s 
total included five work weeks as against four in January. 

FM-AI^ set production dropped to 135,015 from 191,974 but 
much of this difference was due to the extra week in December. 
January’s FM-AIf total represented an increase of about 40 percent 
over the 1947 monthly average. 

Total set production by RI.!A manufacturers last month was 
1,339,256 - the lowest output since September, 1947 - as compared 
with 1,705,918 in December, It was also below the January 1947 
production of 1,564,171 although the latter output covered five 
weeks as compared v/ith four this year, 

January television set production indicated a proportion¬ 
al increase in console models, the division being 13,261 consoles 
compared with 16,740 table models. The total output represented a 
rise of 101.6 percent over the monthly average for 1947. 



Broadcasting is on the verge of catching up with the 
daily newspaper business on the number of units in operation. As 
the comparison now stands, according to Variety , the newspaper 
field is but 60 units ahead of radio-television, but indications 
are that the latter will exceed the number of the country’s dail¬ 
ies by the end of March, 

According to N. W. Ayer’s latest compilation, there are 
2,003 daily papers. The number of broadcasting outlets, as of 
February 15, by type of station, follows: 

m .1,520 

FM. 403 

Television. 17 


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Resolutions urging radio set manufacturers to include the 
band in all receiving sets and to expand production "particular- 
ly of good low-cost table model sets, to meet the crying need for 
their products", were adopted unanimously by FM broadcasters from 
five States, attending an all-day meeting of the FM Association’s 
Region 3 in Chicago last week. 

Another resolution called upon the FlIA Board of Directors 
to "carefully consider the dangers incident to the manufacture of 
inferior receivers, and v/ork with the Radio Manufacturers’ Associa¬ 
tion in preventing such sets from being distributed as FM receivers 



Senator John J. Williams (R), of Delaware, presented two 
petitions in the Senate last week urging the enactment of Senate 
Bill (S. 865) which would prohibit the transportation of alcoholic 

beverage advertising in interstate commerce and the broadcasting 
of such advertising over the radio. 

The first petition was handed in by Mrs. Nora B. Powell, 
Delaware State Legislative Director of the Women’s Christian Temper 
ance Union, containing 415 names. The other was from Mrs. Robert 
Lewis, of Dover, Delaware, and had 369 names. 



Motorcycle Patrolman Edwin Neil had a one-man audience 
in radio reception of a hit-run lookout call in YJashington, D. C. 

Neil, spotting a 1941 blue ^ontiac with a new crumple in 
its fender, pulled up alongside just as the police lookout came 
crackling over his radio, 

"Did you hear that?" he asked the driver. 

"I did - and I’m your man", the driver, Robert Barkdoll, 
80, 887 - 57th Ave., S.E.,Capitol Heights, Md,, replied. 


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Drew Pearson’s Friendship Trains Called A Racket 

(’*Chicago Tribune'*) 

Another so-called Friendship train is on its way with food 
for Europe, This sounds like a worthy charity. In fact, it is a 
new kind of racket which serves chiefly to win publicity for notor¬ 
iety seekers of the radio, movies, and politics. 

Here is the way it works: The people of Sangamon county, 
for example, were asked to chip in ^12,500 with which to buy four 
cars of flour. The young people in the junior high school at 
Charleston, Ill., put up the money to buy 6 bushels of wheat. And 
so on. The aggregate of all the contributions makes a trainload 
which, with a great hurrah, is sent on its way. 

And that isn’t the full measure of the absurdity of the 
Friendship train ballyhoo. The United States last year sent to 
Europe 42 million tons of coal, or 700,000 carloads. That is 
equivalent to 19 coal trains of 100 cars every day, including Sun¬ 
days and holidays. * * * 

Some of this huge outpouring of goods is being paid for 
by the recipients; most of it is charity, for which every family 
in the United States is paying in its tax bill. In all the history 
of benevolence there has been nothing remotely like this contribu¬ 
tion of the American people to the relief of suffering abroad. 

The self-advertising promoters of the Friendship trains 
never mention these facts. They do not tell the Boy Scouts that 
450 million bushels of wheat is all that the government statisti¬ 
cians think we can safely spare. The promoters do not tell the 
good people of Sangamon county that they have already contributed 
heavily in their taxes toward foreign relief and that the ?’12,500 
additional will merely serve to glorify some publicity seekers. 

The ^'12,500 could have been used to much better advantage for 
charitable purposes in and around Springfield* 

Sena tor Taft Doesn’t Think Much Of Senator Claghorn 


In an interview with Will Jones of the Minneapolis Morn¬ 
ing Tribune film and radio columnist, Sen. Robert Taft, Republican 
presidential candidate in Minneapolis for a talk, said he doesn’t 
like radio’s ’’Senator Claghorn”, and thinks the latter is a bad 
influence on the American public. 

Senator Taft also told Jones that he has a ’’distaste” for 
other things that radio, screen, and press say about the Senate. 










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Petrillo Fails To Recognize His Own Ukase 
^^^^ew York Times''’) 

James C. Petrillo, President of the American Federation 
of Nusicians, tripped over one of his own bans last week* 

In an article in his union’s journal, The International 
Musicians, he cited television as "another example of the potential 
use of recorded music in supplanting live musicians". In particu¬ 
lar, he complained that a whole performance of "Aida" had been 
offered on video, the artists merely mouthing words as the actual 
lyrics and music came off a record. 

"Televisors would employ live musicians only on a casual 
basis and have indicated no present inclination to staff their 
stations with live musicians", he added. 

The television industry held that Mr. Petrillo’s argument 
would have had greater cogency if he had remembered one other fact: 
they have been forced to use recorded music because Mr. Petrillo 
for the last two years has prohibited the employment of musicians 
in television under any conditions. 

Blood And Thunder On Radio Has Lesson For Young Child Claimed 

(By Myrtle Meyer Eldred, in'Washington Post'M 

A mother does not need to be told that children become 
radio addicts and spend a good share of their leisure time with ears 
pasted to the instrument. This behavior is more acute from 6 to 12 
than after this age. The older child has such a multitude of inter¬ 
ests, both social and school, that the radio has to take its place 
as only one of them, 

Mrs, F.Y.T. thinks her 7-year-old boy spends too much 
time indoors listening to the radio. She wTites, "I deplore his 
demands to buy all kinds of advertised foods so he can send box tops 
and get some silly trophy. His sleep is disturbed by the excite¬ 
ment of the blood-and-thunder programs and he tends to act like a 
young criminal, pointing his gun at everyone and saying in a hoarse 
voice, *Come cleanl* 

"Shall I deny him the right to listen to the radio and 
what shall I do about the advertising dupes?" 

Perhaps you would be happier about it all if you added 
up the advantages and tried to overlook the disadvantages. Child¬ 
ren do need and can absorb a lot of excitement by way of adventure 
and blood-and-thunder programs. They are denied any real part in 
such adventure and get their satisfactions vicariously, * * * * 

As for the advertising beamed at children, it has some ad¬ 
vantages in that it encourages the child to listen carefully, to ful¬ 
fill directions and to have the experience of getting personal mail. 

It puts the child on a par with other children who have sent for and 
feceived the same tokens. 

If the rewards are less fascinating than their descriptions, 
then the child has learned caution and discrimination in evaluating 
spoken advertisements. A good lesson at a relatively cheap price, 



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The appointment of Lewis Gordon as Director of the Inter¬ 
national Sales Division of Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., was 
announced over the week-end by Robert H. Bishop,Vice-President in 
Charge of Sales. He was previously Assistant to the Vice-President 
in Charge of Sales 

Gross operating profit from newspaper operations of Chic¬ 
ago Daily News , Inc., amounted to ^2,138,282 for 1947, a decline 
of |649,842 as compared with 1946. The drop was due to increased 
operating costs, John S. ICnight, President and publisher, reported 
to the annual stockholders♦ meeting in Chicago Feb. 20. 

A payment of $181,738 was made last March on notes issued 
in 1946 as pert payment for 42^ interest in Station WIND, Chicago, 
partially owned and managed by Ralph L. Atlass. The final payment, 
$181,738, was made by Mr, Knight February 22nd. 

British Summer Time will go into effect Sunday, March 


Lee Pettit of General Electric said last week in Hartford: 
'’We have sold sixty-five million radio receivers that are 
now presumed to be in working order. Nineteen out of every twenty 
American homes have them.” 

The Federal Communications Commission adopted a memorandum 
opinion and order dismissing petition of Harry S. Goodman for decla- 
tory ruling that a program known as the ’’Radio Telephone Game” is 
not a violation of Sec. 316 of the Radio Act. 

The American Military Government engaged in a growing 
anti-Communist information campaign in Berlin is planning to extend 
the broadcasting time of its German-language radio station by seven 
hours daily. The station will go on a sixteen-hour broadcast daily 
after April 1 when it has moved into new quarters. 

l'7illiam Page, WKNS, Kinston, S.C,, told a NAB News Clinic 
at Charlotte, N.C. last week that station revenue from newscasts 
and news features at 1/7KNS amounts to 25^ of gross income. 

F. 0. Carver, WSJS, Winston-Salem, said enlisting county 
editors as station correspondents had proved very satisfactory. 

Ships assigned to the 1948 International Ice Patrol, which 
has been maintained to look out for icebergs since the sinking of 
the ’’Titanic” in 1912, will be eciuipped with radar, this being the 
second season when such apparatus was availab.e 

Coast Guard planes will also be used in increasing numbers. 


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Philco Corporation last week increased its quarterly div¬ 
idend on common stock to 50 cents, payable March 1£ to stockholders 
of record March 1. Quarterly payments last year were 37| cents. 

In December the company paid a year-end cash dividend of 50 cents 
and a five per cent stock dividend. 

Miss Bessie Mack, 56, executive assistant to the late 
Maj. Edward Bowes in his amateur hour, died Monday in Brooklyn. 

Scripps-Howard Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of the Scripps- 
Koward Newspapers publishers of the Cincinnati Post , were granted 
a construction permit Tuesday for a new television station in Cin¬ 
cinnati. It will be on Channel No. 7 (174-180 mes); visual power 
20»8 KW, Aural 10.4 KI7, and have an antenna 545 feet high. 

Fifty-five per cent of the capital stock of the Milwaukee 
Journal Company is now owned by employees, including Station V/TMJ, 

Some 66,000 shares valued at more than '^5,300,000 are now 
held by 669 active employees. The remaining 45 percent is held by 
Harry J, Grant, Chairman of the Board, who started the plan ten 
years ago, and his associates. 

The Journal Company ovms The Milwaukee Journal and radio 
stations IVTMJ, WTI^J-FI!, in Milwaukee and WSAU in Wausau, 

Wis. V/TMJ-TV, the television station, went on the air recently 
with nine sponsors. 


(T.B.A. News Letter, Feb. 19) 

Stations Operating . 17 

Construction Permits Granted . 71 

Applications "^ending. 120 



Founded in 1924 


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2400 California Street, N. W. 

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APR 9 1999 

Out Of 641,40£ Coimnercials, FTC Questions Only 9,573. 

Television Broadcasters Ask To Be Heard Opposing Lemke Bill.2 

Record Firm Threatens Petrillo With Taft-Hartley Law.,.2 

Capehart Denies Bucking Capone Jukebox Gang - And Losing.3 

Cleridge Hotel, Philco Apply For Atlantic City TV Station.4 

^Sarnoff Cites Television As Most Important New Radio Factor.5 

New Don Lee Hollywood Studio Dedication Set For May 22nd.6 

Associated Press Suspends TV News Reel; Lack Of Interest.6 

Networks Seek To Lift Ban On Stations Editorializing. 7 

Wallace Seminar Tells How To ’’Work" Newspapers, Radio Stations.9 

G.E. To Furnish A.BC’s West Coast Television Transmitters,. 9 

Chicago News Bureau Studies Possibilities Of Radio Service,...10 

Radio Circles Stirred By Condon Soviet Spy Charges.*. !l0 

Paper Charges Gen. Taylor, Ex-FCC Counsel, "Pirated" Story.11 

RCA Opens Direct Broadcast Service To Palestine...,. 

CBS Network Television Conference In New York March 31.12 

Bendix Out Of Red Nets *5,248,999.. 

Presentation Of duPont A.wards To Be Broadcast,*,...12 

Scissors And Paste... 14 

Trade Notes...,15 

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March 3, 1948 


The Federal Trade Commission gives radio commercials a high 


This is one place where every word of a commercial is con¬ 
sidered. Daring the 1947 fiscal year the Trade Commission, believe 
it or not, examined 641,402 radio commercial continuities and only 
9,573 broadcast statements were designated for further study as con¬ 
taining representations that might be false or misleading. This com¬ 
pared with 518,061 continuities scrutinized in 1946 of which but 
8,399 were ouestioned. 

By way of further comparison during 1947, 412,950 newspaper, 
magazine and other periodical advertisements were examined. From this 
material, 18,494 advertisements were designated for further study as 
containint representations that might be false or misleading. 

Analysis of the ouestioned advertisements, which were assem¬ 
bled into 1,299 cases and given legal review, disclosed that they per¬ 
tained to 1,366 commodities in the following percentages: 

Food (human), 4.7; food (animal), 1.2; drugs, 55.8; cos¬ 
metics, 16.9; devices, 2.2; specialty and novelty goods, 1.4; auto¬ 
mobile, radio refrigerator, and other eouipraent, 2; home study courses, 
1.1; tobacco products, 2.2; and miscellaneous products, 12.5. 

V/here the Commission found advertisements to be false or 
misleading, and the circumstances warranted, the advertisers were ex¬ 
tended the privilege of disposing of the matters by executing volun¬ 
tary stipulations to cease and desist from use of the acts and prac¬ 
tices involved. * 

The Trade Commission issues calls twice yearly for commer¬ 
cial continuities from each individual radio station. National and 
regional networks respond on a continuous weekly basis; submitting 
copies of the commercial advertising parts of all programs wherein 
linked hook-ups are used involving two or more stations. 

Producers of electrical transcription recordings each month 
submit typed copies of the commercial portions of all recordings pro¬ 
duced by them for radio broadcast. This material is supplemented by 
periodic reports from individual stations listing the identities of 
recorded commercial transcriptions and related data. 

As a yardstick of comparison with 1947 the Federal Trade 
Commission in 1946 received copies of 564,408 commercial radio broad¬ 
cast continuities and examined 518,061. The continuities received 
amounted to 1,255,245 typewritten pages and those examined totaled 
1,186,724 pages, consisting of 470,980 pages of network script. 


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697,144 pages of individual station script, and some 18,600 pages 
of script representing the built-in advertising portions of trans¬ 
cription recording productions destined for radio broadcast through 
distribution of multiple pressings. 

An average of 4,547 pages of radio script was read each 
working day. From this material 8,399 advertising broadcast state¬ 
ments were marked for further study as containing representations 
that might be false or misleading, 



The Television Broadcasters’ Association, through its 
Washington representative, Thad H, Brown, Ir., last Monday (March 1) 
filed a petition with Representative Charles A. V/olverton (R), of 
New Jersey, Chairman of theHouse Interstate and Foreign Commerce 
Committee, seeking an i’jnediate hearing of opponents to House Joint 
Resolution 78, introduced by Representative Lemke of North Dakota, 

The bill, if adopted, would assign a portion of the 50 megacycle band, 
now designated as Television Channel No. 1, to Freouency Modulation. 

In his petition, Mr, Bro^ym points out that Representative 
Wolverton’s committee conducted a hearing on the Lemke Bill on 
February 3 and 4, at which time opportunity to appear was limited 
solely to the proponents of the bill. 

'*It had been anticipated that the opponents of the Bill 
would be permitted to appear on dates immediately successive to those 
upon which the proponents testified”, the petition states, ”V/hen 
developments proved otherwise, it was anticipated that an early and 
reasonable time for presentation would be designated by the Committee.” 

The petition points out that television broadcasters are 
’’vitally concerned in the development of a complete record in this 
matter” and adds that TBA is prepared to ’’present factual information 
and opinion on all phases of television and of the allocations prob¬ 
lems relating thereto.” 



A music-recording firm in Hollywood last week served notice 
on James C. Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians, 
to start collective bargaining before March 2£, Unless he did so, 
the Standard Radio Transcription Service would bring legal action 
under the Taft-Hartley law, said President Jerry King in a letter 
sent to I'^r. Petrillo after Ike Carpenter’s orchestra, observing Mr, 
Petrillo’s ban on recordings failed to appear to make transcriptions. 
Mr, King asserted that I'^r, Carpenter was under contract to appear, 


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There was a prompt denial from Senator Homer Capehart (R), 
of Indiana, who is a manufacturer of jukeboxes, of newspaper charges 
that he ran afoul of the old Capone mob. The denial came about as a 
result of the following story which appeared in the Chicago Daily 

”A United States senator tried to buck the Capone-Guzik 
juke box setup in Chicago. 

”He failed. 

’’The senator is Homer E. Capehart, Republican, senior sen¬ 
ator from Indiana. He is head of the Packard Kanufacturing Corp, of 
Indianapolis, which makes juke boxes. 

"Senator Capehart last Oct. 12 went sofar as to meet with 
Dan Palaggi, a partner of Fred Morelli, erstwhile 1st ward Democratic 
committeeman and juke box boss of the Loop and surrounding territory. 
The meeting was held in Room 1184 in the Congress Hotel. Ray Cun- 
liffe, president of the Illinois Phonograph Owners Association, was 
also present. Cunliffe gave Senator Capehart a "token order" at that 
time. Palaggi gave him some polite conversation. 

"On Jan, 17, 1948, Senator Capehart came here to speak at a 
dinner of the Coin Machine Industries, preceding the coin machine con¬ 
vention, Shortly thereafter the senator announced a change in his 
sales policy, which eliminated his Chicago branch. His Chicago dis¬ 
tributor or factory representative thereupon took the senator’s juke 
boxes and went to Michigan to try his luck. 

"The Daily News telephoned Senator Capehart at the juke box 
factory in Indianapolis. 

’’’Were you chased out of the Chicago juke box market?’ he 

was asked. 

"I would’t go so far as to say that’, said Senator Capehart. 
’V/e did find it very unprof it iable to do business in Chicago, We 
manufacturers are at the mercy of the music dealers (juke box) associ¬ 
ations. ’ 

"’Are they controlled by hoodlums?’ the senator was asked. 

"’Are you talking to me for publication*” asked Senator 
Capehart. He was told he was. 

"’I’m not going to ansv/er that’, said the senator. He con¬ 

"’The music dealers say they have a right to protect them¬ 
selves. They want to keep the old machines in a location at a hotel 
or a restaurant and deny them the right to a new machine.’ 


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’’Again he was asked: ’V/ere you chased out of here, 


”He laughed , 

”’It*s not true in that sense’, he said. *We changed our 
policy Jan, 1, We quit selling to distributors and are selling dir¬ 
ect, We still do a small business in Chicago. Let us say we find 
the Chicago situation very unsatisfactory.^” 

A statement issued in Washington last week by Senator 
Capehart read: 

”In reply to published reports that a racket exists in the 
music business in Chicago: 

"’If any person can provide me with documentary evidence 
that a racket exists in the music business anywhere in America, I 
will turn that evidence over to proper state and federal authorities 
for prosecution under available laws, or I will ask Congress to con¬ 
duct an investigation of the situation.’” 

’’The Daily News said that Attorney General Clark has been 
informed of the situation and has ’assigned two aids to get the de¬ 
tails of the pushing around the senator’s distributors were getting 
he re. ” 



An application for a construction permit covering a new 
television station to be built in Atlantic City to operate on Channel 
8, 180-186 megacycles, has been filed by the Atlantic City Television 
Broadcasting Company. 

”0ur company is a new corporation owned jointly by the 
Claridge Hotel, in Atlantic City, and the Philco Corporation, Phila¬ 
delphia”, John McShain, president, stated. 

”We believe that this unusual combination of local and na¬ 
tional business interests and experience will prove of great value in 
bringing television programs of high quality to Atlantic City and 
neighboring communities. 

’’Philco has been broadcasting television programs ever 
since 1932 and has operated Television Station WPTZ in Philadelphia 
since 1941. We knov/ that the background of research, engineering 
and programming experience which Philco will contribute to this new 
enterprise will speed good television service for the entire Southern 
New Jersey area,” 



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Significant progress was made by the Radio Corporation of 
America in 1947, according to Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff who cited 
television as the ’’most important new factor in radio" and said it 
began in 1947 to "fulfill its promise of becoming a great industry 
and a vital public service." 

His statement, speaking for the RCA Board of Directors, 
was contained in the annual report covering the activities of the 
entire organization sent to stockholders, numbering approximately 

Net earnings of RCA in 1947 amounted to ^10,769,557, equi¬ 
valent to $1,12 per share of common stock, it was disclosed. This 
compares with $10,985,053 in 1946, when earnings were equivalent to 
56 cents per share. 

Net profit - after all deductions - was 6% of the gross 
income in 1947, compared with 4.6^ in 1946. Total gross income from 
all sources amounted to $314,023,572, representing an increase of 
$77,042,802 compared with the total of $236,900,770 in the first post¬ 
war year of 1946. An increase in dividend from 20 cents a share to 
30 cents a share, amounting to a total dividend payment on the Common 
Stock of $4,157,046, was declared in December and paid on January 27, 
1940, to the holders of record as of December 19, 1947. 

As of December 31, RCA personnel numbered 40,282, 

Other highlights of the report were: 

The development of an advanced system of communications 
known as Ultrafax - a combination of television, radio relay, and 
photography - capable of handling up to a million words a minute. 

When fully developed, this system will be able to transmit, in fac¬ 
simile, the equivalent of forty tons of airmail coast-to-coast in a 

Delivery of micro-wave radio relay equipment, produced by 
RCA Victor for Western Union’s New York-Pittsburgh-Washington circuit, 
was completed during 1947 and regular telegraph traffic is being handl¬ 
ed over the New York-Philadelphia section with excellent results. 

Conversion of RCA’s radiotelegraph operation from Morse to 
the new five-unit code tape relay method progressed to a point where 
approximately 50 per cent of overseas traffic handled at New York is 
now transmitted and received by this means. The RCA mult^lex system, 
providing four to eight channels of commiuni cat ions on a s^le radio 
freauency, was expanded to a number of foreign centers. 

Largely because of increased use of radiophoto service by 
financial and industrial firms, the number of radiophotos handled in 
1947 by RCA was up 15 per cent over 1946. 


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The fact that 93 per cent of NBC’s 1946 network clients 
renewed their contracts for 1947, was pointed oat in the Report as 
testimony to "the quality of service and the coverage provided by the 

’’Nation-wide polls conducted during 1947 by impartial fact¬ 
finding organizations showed that more people listened to NBC pro¬ 
grams each week than to those of any other network”, the report stat¬ 
ed. ”At the year-end, 12 of the first 15. and 29 of the first 40 
programs in order of popularity were regular weekly NBC presentations.” 



Formal dedication of the new $2,500,000 Mutual Don Lee 
studios in Hollywood will begin Saturday, May 22nd. Stellar talent 
will participate in an hour-and-a-half program which will be broad¬ 
cast over all of Mutual’s stations throughout the United States with 
cut-in features from New York and Chicago. 

The entire week of May 16th to May 22nd, inclusive, will be 
used for a build-up series of special air features, according to 
Lewis Allen V/eiss, Chairman of the Mutual Broadcasting System and 
Vice-President and General Manager of the Don Lee network. The 
Mutual Board of Directors and their wives are going from the East 
for the ceremonies. 

A Mutual Board meeting will be held on Wednesday and Thurs¬ 
day, May 19th and 20th in the new Mutual West Coast Board room. 

Radio industry leaders attending the National Association of Broad¬ 
casters’ convention in Los Angeles at the same time will have an 
opportunity to inspect the new building. 

Construction is being speeded up on studios 1 and 2 of the 
new plant and the center section of the building which will house 
executive and operational offices. When the building is complete in 
every detail later on in the Summer, the public will be invited to 
go through it, and there will be uniformed guides to conduct tours. 



The Associated Press, according to lack Gould in the New 
York Times, has temporarily suspended its television newsreel. The 
action f^lows, it was said, a lack of interest on the part of com¬ 
mercial video stations and newspaper-owned television outlets in 
meeting the appreciable costs of such a venture at the present time. 
Plans for the A.P. newsreel had been announced in November, 




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The long anticipated hearings of the Federal Commonications 
Commission to consider the possibility of revising the Commission’s 
so-called "Mayflower decision"outlawing editorializing by radio sta¬ 
tions which began Monday, proved to be lively and interesting. 

The first witnesses were the heads of three major networks 
who maintained that broadcasting stations had the same right to ex¬ 
press themselves editorially as the newspapers. 

Mark V/oods, President of the American Broadcasting Company, 
and Niles Trammell,President of the National Broadcasting Company, 
contended that while they never had exercised and did not now con¬ 
template exercising the privilege in question, they nevertheless 
maintained their right to do so if and whenever, in their own judg¬ 
ment, adoption of such a policy should appear to them to be a wise 
and advisable extension of their present program services, 

Mr. Woods declared that the operation of radio in the public 
interest placed "a positive duty" on broadcasters to editorialize 
"vigorously". He admitted that the Mayflower rule stopped a radio 
station from serving its own partisan ends, but argued that it also 
stopped it from serving the public’s best ends. 

Under ouestioning, particularly by Commissioner Cliffor J, 
Durr, Mr. Woods admitted the FCC could properly restrict or control 
a station if it were the only outlet in a community and did not abide 
by a "rule of fair play" in presenting both sides of a controversy. 

Mr. Trammell said the present ban "may prevent radio from 
reaching full stature as a forum for stimulating public thinking." 

Most responsible stations, he said, would take pains to present both 
sides of every controversy. He expressed the intention, as had Mr. 
Stanton for the Columbia Broadcasting System, to give time to opposi¬ 
tion argument to the networks’ editorials, probably in the form of 
"letters to the editor" period. 

But, he insisted, no Federal agency had the right to require 
radio stations to conform to such practice, 

"No public authority should place restrictions on the free¬ 
dom of expression of opinion over the radio", H^Ir. Trammell said, 

Frank Stanton, President of CBS, not only agreed with them 
as to the right of broadcasters to editorialize but announced that 
for the past year his organization had been preparing, but not broad¬ 
casting, editorial programs as a means of testing editorial techni¬ 
ques, with a view to including them in its own program service and 
offering them to their affiliates if and when permitted to do so. 




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Mr. Stanton said that Columbia Broadcasting., though pre¬ 
viously in agreement with the denial of editorial expression to broad¬ 
casters, on the ground of scarcity of facilities then available, now 
held that with the multiplicity of radio stations, twice as many 
today as there were newspapers, the right of radio to freedom of edi¬ 
torial expression should be as complete as that of newspapers* 

Mr. V\[oods and llr, Stanton, under cross-examination, conced¬ 
ed that in any given case of willful and continued denial by a sta¬ 
tion of its facilities to opposing points of view, the Commission 
’’might” have a right to step in and insist on fair play. But Mr. 
Trammell argued that no such situation could or would present itself.. 

Ex-FCG Chairman Tames L. Fly,credited with having written 
much of the ’’Mayflower” ruling while he was Chairman, but who is now 
engaged in private law practice and appeared in behalf of the American 
Civil Liberties Union, declared the radio industry should not be allow 
ed to ’’grind its own ax” over the air. 

"The individual broadcaster, in his individual capacity, is 
free to speak his mind on any subject under the law”, Iv3r. Fly testif¬ 

”He is not free to speak his mind, to the exclusion of 
others, through the medium of broadcasting and over a station which 
he operates through temporary and conditional possession of a license. 

The wish to editorialize, he said, is largely ”an illusion 
of green pastures on the part of broadcasters - they ’want to be like 

”I wonder if they really want to sink to the comparatively 
impotent level of the daily press”, Mr, Fly argues. 

Nathan Straus, President of Station V/I.TOA, New York, present¬ 
ed the following plan: 

”1, Expression of editorial opinion should be permitted 
to the extent of fifteen minutes a day. For a station which is on the 
air eighteen hours, this would amount fo 1.4 per cent of the broad¬ 
cast day. For a daytime station which is on the air only 12 hours, 
it would amount to 2 percent of the broadcast day. 

”2, Expression of editorial opinion should be clearly label 
ed and announced as such, both at the beginning and at the close of 
the editorial.” 

Stations should be reouired to allocate time,, following 
each editorial period, for ’’letters from the public”, giving opportun¬ 
ity for rebuttal to listeners who disagree v;ith the editorial view¬ 
point previously expressed, ICr. Straus concluded. 






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Representative Clyde B. Hoey (D), of North Carolina, had 
inserted in the Congressional Record (March 2) an article which dis¬ 
cusses a ’’very unusual meeting** held at Chapel Hill, N. C. 

"It was called a Wallace seminar", said Representative 
Hoey. "The meeting was held last Saturday and Sunday. A number of 
students from other colleges in North Carolina were invited to attend, 
and they were given instructions as to how to proceed with the Wallace 
campaign. The students were told: 

"Write simple and plain letters to the editors of newspapers 
in which you say: ^If you want to save the country from war, Wallace 
seems to be the only man to make President,’ 

"They were also told to ivrite: 

"’Why is your newspaper playing down V/allace news?’* * * * * 

"They were told: 

"’But don’t make your purposes too obvious. People will 
see your letters and get in touch with you.’ 

"Another suggestion which was made to these organizers for 
Wallace was: 

"’Get on the radio stations. There are many which give free 
time, especially to college groups, if you sell them on the idea that 
it is a public-service feature. Ask for time to hold a forum with 
candidates of other parties taking part. A good trick is to offer 
four persons to debate the third-party issue or other issues. You 
don’t bother to explain that all four are pro-Wallace.’ * * * * 

"’Get into organizations and try to get pro-Wallace speakers 
on the program. Newspapers and radios generally will carry speeches 
made at civic clubs when they might otherwise refuse them..’" 



Television transmitters for Am^erican Broadcasting Company 
stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco will be made at General 
Electric’s plant at Electronics Park, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Both units, five-kilowatt transmitters, will be similar to 
those being made there for the Chicago Tribune , Station WOR and the 
Daily News in New York City, and the Yankee Network in Boston, Mr. 

C. A. Priest, Manager of the Transmitter Division at Electronics Park 



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A survey is now being made by the Chicago News Bureau, 
owned by the four Chicago daily newspapers, to determine how fre¬ 
quently and what type of Chicago area news is being broadcast by loc¬ 
al radio stations; how many local stories during the past year had 
television and newsreel possibilities; and the cost of CNB 
service to clients other than newspapers* 

The study came following an application for the City News 
Bureau service by WBKB, Balaban and Katz television station. The 
Chicago News Bureau survey is taking into consideration the entire 
radio-television field, making a thorough study as to the need for 
local news coverage. 

There are 17 radio stations in the Chicago area, including 
seven major outlets. Fourteen applications are pending for Fli sta¬ 
tions . 

Seven channels have been granted for T^^ stations in Chicago 
of which WBKB has one. In addition, there are seven major newsreel 
companies with Chicago bureaus, all'watching development of televi¬ 
sion from the standpoint of competition in the newsreel field, 



If a Russian spy had suddenly descended upon the National 
Bureau of Standards, it could not have created more surprise or 
mystification than the charges hurled at Dr. Edward U. Condon, the 
Bureau head, of associating with Soviet spies and being ’’one of the 
weakest links in our atomic security”. The fact that Dr. Condon had 
been recommended for the position by Henry Wallace and that the dig¬ 
nified old Bureau of Standards was a sort of Supreme Court to the 
broadcasting industry, made the allegations all the more sensational. 

Besides the secret work of the Radio Research Laboratories, 
it was also revealed that the Bureau was currently conducting research 
in the field of radio propagation. 

Working particularly on radar research in his later years as 
Associate Director of Research for V/estinghouse Electric Corp., 1937 
to 1946, he first joined forces with the National Bureau of Standards 
in 1941 as a member of the group that in 1939 began what later became 
the Manhattan (Atom Bomb) Project, 

Dr. Condon was born I'^arch 2, 1902, at Alamagorda, N. Mex. , 
the site of the first experimental atom bomb explosions. He has since 
become scientific adviser to the Special Senate Committee on Atomic 





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Brig. Gen. Telford Taylor, Chief prosecutor at the recent 
United States Nuerenberg war criminals trials and former General 
Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, clashed with the 
Chicago Tribune over an interview which Justice Charles F. Wennerstrum 
of the Iowa Supreme Court, German war crimes judge, gave to the 
Tribune . General Taylor said the interview was "subversive of the 
interests and policies of the United States." Judge !Vennerstrum had 
said of Taylor that "the victor in any war is not the best judge of 
the war crime guilt". 

The Tribune said later it had filed a complaint against 
General Taylor, alleging that "Taylor’s subordinates pirated a news 

The dispatch was from the Tribune ’s Berlin correspondent, 

Hal Foust. The complaint was filed with Inspector General Louis A. 
Craig in Berlin. It declared that Foust’s dispatch was taken from 
the Frankfurt office of Press V/ireless on Saturday, February 21. 

"... Taylor personally used the purloined copy as the 
basis for a smear attack on Judge Charles F. Wennerstrum of the Iowa 
Supreme Court", the Tribune story said. 

The lows jurist presided over the trial of German generals 
which ended at Nuernberg on February 19, 



A direct radio circuit for handling exchange broadcasts of 
studio and press programs between the United States and Palestine was 
opened on Monday, March 1, by RCA Communications, Inc., it was announc¬ 
ed by H. C. Ingles, President. He said the direct circuit, approved 
by the Federal Communications Commission, would effect marked improve¬ 
ment in the delivery of programs and would substantially reduce costs 
to American broadcasters. 

Programs originating in Palestine previously were brought 
to New York through an overseas relay point by the RCA Program Trans¬ 
mission Service, which operates the new circuit and makes broadcasts 
available to all recuesting networks or independent radio stations 
in this country. 


The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics has proposed 
a !*?1,113,000,000 outlay over fifteen years to install devices for 
automatic control of civil and military air traffic in all weather. 



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Invitations have been sent to key rxanagement executives of 
the 165 stations on the Columbia Broadcasting System coast-to-coast 
network by Frank Stanton, President of CBS, for a network television 
clinic to be held V/ednesday, March 31, in New York City, 

’’This clinic is being held at the request of our stations 
as voiced by the Columbia Affiliates Advisory Board”, Stanton said. 
"Both the General and trade press have done an outstanding job in 
covering the many facets and constantly shifting patterns of televi¬ 
sion’s growth. Yet broadcasters far removed from the present key 
television centers have trouble in piecing together all the scattered 
segments of television information to make a comprehensible whole. 

Many of them find it difficult to ’get the feel’ of this new medium.. 

V/e plan to spread out before them our many years of television ex¬ 
perience and we \vill offer them such guidance as they may desire in 
shaping their own television plans, 


Bendix Aviation Corp. and wholly ovmed domestic subsidiar¬ 
ies, of which one is the Bendix Radio Corporation of Baltimore, re¬ 
ported Monday for the fiscal year ended September 30, consolidated 
net income, before extraordinary reserve adjustments, of !*^5,248,999, 
equal to $2.48 a common share. 

This, an Associated Press dispatch states, compared with a 
net operating loss in 1946 of $12,615,046 which was reduced by a 
$9,200,000 estimated Federal tax refund. 

Malcolm P. Ferguson, President, said in the annual report 
to stockholders that Bendix’ postwar reconversion program was com¬ 
pleted in 1947. This reduced reserve by .‘^10,811,605, which was taken 
as extraordinary income, and brought aggregate income to $16,060,604, 
equal to $7.58 a share. 



Presentation of the Alfred I. duPont Annual Radio Station 
and Radio Commentator /^ards will be broadcast over ABC and its affil 
iated stations on Monday, March 8, at 9:30 P.M. , EST, from New York. 
Winners in each of three categories will receive cash prices of 
$ 1 , 000 . 

Appearing with the winners will be Mrs. Alfred I. du Pont, 
widoe of the financier in whose name the awards are given and Mark 
Woods, President of the American Broadcasting Company. 

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Peacetime Censorship Looked Upon V/ith Suspicion 


V/hen Congress declared war in April of 1917 and December of 
1941, the American people accepted censorship because censorship and 
war are mates like salt and pepper and because they were assured in 
both cases that censorship was temporary,* * * 

Lately there has been agitation in some circles for peace¬ 
time censorship. So far the prospects of its adoption are not too 
serious, but meantime the proposal by itself has perhaps been tossed 
off too lightly. Any way it’s figured peacetime censorship should 
shock and frighten the men who run industries, whose stock in trade 
is information, interpretation and ideas.. That includes all publica¬ 
tions and all show business, but maybe radio, as a publicly licensed 
medium, has the greatest cause of all to hate the proposal of censor¬ 

Broadcasters right this minute are arguing that the Federal 
Communications Commission ought not to have any "authority” over pro¬ 
gram content. They can’t maintain this position with any consistency 
or persuasiveness if they remain indifferent at the same time to any 
setup which would allow a whole indefinite number of V/ashington brass 
to exercise an infinitely more detailed authority in deciding what 
radio can or cannot say on certain subjects.. 

This peacetime censorship proposal must be examined with 
the greatest suspicion by all informational media for it is, on the 
face of it, revolutionary and foreign, and a far cry from traditional 
American attitudes. V/e’ve always been a nation that hated the very 
word censorship. * * * * i/\fe’ve prospered by allowing the public as a 
whole to be the ultimate judges of what’s good for the public as a 

Peacetime censorship should be opposed by broadcasters. 
Their self-interest opposes it and they can be indifferent to the 
loss of private initiative only at considerable peril to their whole 
position against "interference”. 

Cautions Against Lopping $6,000,000 Of "Voice Of America” 

("Washington Poston 

One would think that by now even the most introspective 
Congressman would have realized the tremendous importance of an ade¬ 
quate foreign information program. Certainly that was the implication 
to be drawn from passage of the Smith-I'^undt bill to make the program 
a permanent operation. Yet the House Appropriations Committee appar¬ 
ently still has its head in the sand. It proposed to lop more than 
six million dollars off the $34,378,000 asked by the State Department 
for radio broadcasts and other information activities during fiscal 
1949. The committee could scarcely have chosen a worse time for vent¬ 
ing its economy penchant. With Russian terror and intimidation creep¬ 
ing westward, with Italy and even France in the balance, and with our 
supreme effort at stabilization in the Marshall Plan about to be 
launched, the committee puts a severe crimp in the funds necessary 
to get our story across, 

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Radio Cowboy Senator Bows To The Communists 

(’’Washington Post”) 

In accepting the number two seat on the Wallace bandwagon, 
Senator Glen Taylor no doubt is being true to his convictions. It 
nay be said of the Idaho Senator that he has been superficial, glib 
and even demagogic in his approach to various issues , but at least 
he has been consistent. His fundamental difference with the Demo¬ 
cratic Party which elected him has been on foreign policy, ^r, Taylor 
hears, sees and speaks no evil about Russia. He is, in a sense, a 
congenital maverick, and it is possible to see in him the sane mess¬ 
ianic martyrdom complex that grips Henry Wallace. Thus it is wholly 
logical from Taylor’s standpoint that he should become Wallace’s third 
party running mate. 

But to grant Kr, Taylor’s sincerity is not to applaud his 
v/isdon. * * * Not that Senator Taylor is any Communist. But there 
can be no question about the Communist support which he frankly wel¬ 
comes - support which on the matter of foreign policy can mean only 
that Senator Taylor is serving Communist purposes. 

The Real Thing Puzzled ’Em 

(’’Long Lines Magazine") 

Noice on a television circuit sometimes appears on the 
video screen as a kind of whitish shimmer. This is called ’’snow” in 
the trade, and, among transmission engineers, it is a highly unpopular 
variety of winter scene. 

In tests of the television network set up for the opening 
of the New York-Boston radio relay system, images of the Boston vista 
were coming through nicely on the New York receivers. On the after¬ 
noon before the inaugural day, however, the whitish shimmer that means 
trouble suddenly appeared on the screens at Long Lines Headauarters, 

At first glance, there was considerable gnashing of teeth. 
But Boston technicians put their finger on the trouble right away. 

The ’’snow” seen in the viewers was the real FcCoy - and, like any New 
England snow, had just started falling without consulting anybody. 

Radio Bible Story Halts 

Auto Thief in Act 
{’’The Christian Science Nonitor”) 

A Louisville, Ky., teen-ager, stepped into a parked automo¬ 
bile which its woman occupant had left for just a second. The radio 
was turned to ’’The Greatest Story Ever Told”, on ABC, 

The teen-ager drove the car off but listened to the program. 
He brought the car back to the original parking place in a few min¬ 
utes and told the woman he could not go through with the theft, 




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The Federal Cornniinications Commission, by Commissioner Jones, 
on February 25 postponed until further order the hearing in the mat¬ 
ter of Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company applications for radiotele¬ 
graph circuits between the United States and Finland, Portugal, 

Surinam and The Netherlands. 

Bertram B. Tower has been elected Comptroller of the Ameri¬ 
can Cable & Radio Corporation and its three main operating subsidiar¬ 
ies, All America Cables and Radio, Inc., The Commercial Cable Company, 
and the Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company. Mr. Tower, who has been 
associated with the ACR System for the past five years, previously 
held the position of Assistant Comptroller of ACR and the three oper¬ 
ating companies. 

Stromberg Carlson Company. For 1947: Net profit, ^1084,149, 
eaual to J'S.SO a share, compared with 1946 net of ^802,910, or ^*^2,57 
a share. 

Philco Corporation is reported to have tripled its produc 
tion facilities in Pennsylvania with the addition of 3 large modern 
plants. They represent a capital investment of $10,500,000 and at 
capacity will furnish employment to 8,000 men and women. 

Senator Olen Taylor, V/allace^s running mate, lifted V/endell 
Willkie^s remark bodily when he said, "I am not leaving the Democratic 
party, it left me.” V/illkie made that reply to someone in the aud¬ 
ience at the National Press Club in Washington years ago in his first 

The Farnsworth Television & Radio Corporation last week re¬ 
ported a net profits after taxes, for the first nine months of the 
company's fiscal year, ended January 31, 1948, of $230,441. Income 
for the period included a substantial amount of a non-recurrent nature 
which was reduced by a loss from operations, which included all costs 
incurred in initiating the production of television receivers. 

For the first nine months of the preceding fiscal year the 
company showed a net loss of $337,420 after tax carry-back credits. 

The virtual ban on outside visitors was lifted in Key West 
last Sunday as President Truman welcomed James M, Cox, 1920 standard 
bearer of the Democratic Party, Mr. Cox, whose running mate 20 years 
ago was Franklin D. Roosevelt, is a former Governor of Ohio and now 
owns the Miami Daily News and other newspapers and radio stations in 
Atlanta, Ga., and Dayton, Ohio. 

Charles Robbins has returned to the position he formerly 
held as Sales Manager of the Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation. 
I/!r. Robbins, in business for himself during the last three years, 
succeeds Leslie H. Graham, 

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m 17 1948 

Mullen, NBC, Puts Hollywood On The Spot Re Television Films.. 

Daily Paper Started By Kentucky Broadcasters Ouits. 

Voice Of America Script Taken For Ride; More Money Refused,,. 

Ad Men Present Sarnoff Medal; Cowles Against Govt» Meddling,, 

Television Set Reported Receiving At 110 Miles,... 

TPr Box Score.... 

TV Set Owners Reassured In Philadelphia Test Interference,... 

CB3-WBBM, ABC-V/FIL, Ed Murrow, Honored V/ith DuPont Awards,.., 
Defies Petrillo Ban On Recordings,. 

First Negro Y/ins Polar Award;Proposed By Gene McDonald,...,.. 

V/IND, Chicago, Gets A Free Puff At Presidential Dinner,,,.,.. 
Sarnoff Newcomen Dinner Honor Guest Commemorating Edison. 

Sylvania 1947 $95,715,638 Sales Set New Peace Record..,...,,, 
U.S.-Canadian RMA. Directors To Meet In Toronto April 8....... 

31 NBC Television Affiliates Ready By End Of 1948.. 

’’Civil Rights” Southern Senators Demand Radio Time.. 

E5 Mords YVinning $22,500 Radio Prize YYill Cost $8,000 Taxes.. 

Scissors And Paste... ... 

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No, 1815 

March 10, 1948 


As far as the broadcasting industry was concerned no 
presidential candidate - Dewey, Taft, Wallace or Stassen - aroused 
more interest on a gumshoe trip to doubtful States than Frank E. 
Mullen, National Broadcasting Company Executive Vice-President, did 
when without r^orters, camera men, or bass-drum beaters he went to 
Hollywood to talk over the television situation with the movie people. 

Although press releases about the conferences have been 
conspicuous by their absence, the big Question Mr. Mullen asked the 
moving picture magnates was: ’’Are you going to make our television 
films?” The answer was evidently a raucous ”No” with Frank, a husky 
Iowa farm boy who wasnH built to be pushed around, slamming the 
door saying ”0.K, If you won^t make the films we^ll make them our¬ 
selves , ” 

These conclusions were largely reached through an inter¬ 
view Jack Heilman of Variety had with the NBC executive in Hollywood 
in which Mr. Mullen was Quoted as saying: 

”If the picture people are smart they’ll give us all 
the film we need, I think they’re being downright silly in their fear 
of television’s inroads on the box office”, he allowed, ’’and their 
refusal to go along in these early stages is more than a little annoy¬ 
ing, If they’ll only look at the potential audience to be created by 
the new sight medium they’ll wise up to the fact that television can 
be their greatest medium to stimulate attendance. Only one in 20 now 
go to picture shows and video can make addicts of the other 19, 

”We’re not trying to needle the picture industry, but 
they’re behaving just like the press did in the early days of radio. 
They were dead certain that news broadcasts would wreak havoc on cir¬ 
culation but what happened was that a greater readership was built up 
than could be handled. Television will do the same thing for pictures 
and I’m confident after we really get rolling theatre attendance will 
be doubled. Just let us run a five-minute vignette of a big picture 
and then watch them flock to the theatres showing it, 

’’Hollywood needn’t fear any competition from television 
in their main product. No advertiser could afford the cost of an 
hour and a half running time on 100 stations. Magnitude of produc¬ 
tion required for television’s needs is far beyond their comprehen¬ 
sion. In another year v>;e could use up in 30 days all the product 
turned out by Hollywood. Currently video is using equal thirds for 
film, field pickups and studio programs.” 

’’Mullen said NBC may be forced to make its own pictures such 
as is being done by Jerry Fairbanks, who is turning out a series of 
17-minute subjects,” 



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In still another article in the same issue, Variety 
goes so far as to say; 

^Television, the infant prodigy of show business, may 
prove just what the doctor ordered for the ailing entertainment 

"With most phases of show biz currently stalled in poor 
business doldrums, television - offshoot of them all - is the only 
one now showing any signs of progressive activity. Situation has led 
some to believe that video will steamroller ahead at the expense of 
the others, but most key execs of allied fields have become convinced 
that the new medium will eventually boom them all to new top-profit 

"Radio, most closely allied to tele, has continued to 
show neat profits each year. With constant criticism raised against 
radio for its failure to develop new stars or new programming formats, 
however, there^s no Question about its being in a static condition. 

Top network and ad agency personnel, conseouently, are hopefully eye¬ 
ing tele as the prescription that can remedy the situation. 

"NBC exec veepee Frank E. Mullen, while indicating that 
the web may eventually merge its radio and tele broadcasting activi¬ 
ties, has announced NBC’s immediate intention of duplicating the best 
radio shows on video. That will naturally mean dressing up the radio 
programs with visual accoutrements. It’s hoped that out of the idea 
eventually will emerge new programming techniaues for radio, as well 
as for tele." 



The Bowling Green Daily Kentuckian , founded four months 
ago by the owners of V/LBJ, of Bov/ling Green, Ky., published its final 
edotopm Feb, 25, 

The suspension was attributed to "a number of diffi¬ 
culties beyond our control, such as lack of newsprint, personnel 
problems and others." 

"No stone was left unturned to try to secure good news¬ 
print", the statement said. "Paper brokers in this country were sol¬ 
icited as well as the big Canadian manufacturers and it was found im¬ 
possible to secure a definite contract." 

The Kent u ckian was established as a morning rival to the 
Park City News which entered the radio field with a 1,000-watt sta¬ 
tion last Summer, The suspended daily’s masthead carried the names of 
John K. Ditto, General Manager; David B. V/hitaker, Editor; and Charles 
W, Wooton, Managing Editor, 


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House Republicans worked themselves up into considerable 
of a lather last week over the character of some of the broadcasts 
of the ''Voice of America” and wound up bv refusing to increase from 
$28,000,000 to $34,000,000 a State Department appropriation for the 
"Voice”. Representative Karl Stefan, Republican, of Nebraska, said 
$28,000,000 was as much as the department could spend "economically 
and efficiently." 

As for the scripts, one about Wyoming was singled out. 
Representative Taber (R), of New York, called it putrid. 

”I want to call the attention of the Members of the House 
to the copy of a broadcast script of the State Department program 
sent over the facilities of the National Broadcasting Co”, Repre¬ 
sentative Rich (R), of Pennsylvania, declared. "This came to me as 
an authentic description of what took place in the Voice of America 
program, I want to just read a part of this script for you, and 
then if you think that we ought to spend the taxpayers' money in 
this way, then I will have nothing further to say, I just feel like 
resigning from the Congress, because I think we are doing so many 
things that are just so silly and nonsensical that they do not make 
any sense at all," 

The script was written for a "Voice of America” broadcast 
to South America. Part of a "Know North America” series, it appar¬ 
ently was based on the John Gunther book, "Inside U.S,A," 

Extracts from the script follow: 

Narrator (reading a sign as his train pulls into Cheyenne, Wuo,): 
Traveler, no more adventuresi, . , You are in Wyoming paradies. 

Voice: The part about the end of the journey would not concern 
me if there were an Eve in this paradise. 

Narrator: There are plenty to choose from. 

Voice II: And all kinds of snakes - especially rattlesnakes. 

Voice: Not for me I 

Narrator: Ingrate', It was because of the serpent that the apple 

did not rot on the tree. 

Voice: What a bad opinion you have of Father Adam. 

Going through Cheyenne, talk turns to its early "tumultous per¬ 
iod" when it "was a center of vice and crime". Narrator quotes "an 
American historian": 

"There was a time when all the inhabitants of Cheyenne were out¬ 
laws, including the mayor." 

There is parenthetical laughter (familiar enough to readers of 
the Congressional Record), and the dialog goes on: 

Voice: I suppose that he was elected by his own gang like in the 



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Narrator; Of course. The laws of the State, even to this day, 
forbid the Treasurer-General to serve more than four years. 

Voice; Why? 

Narrator; The governing officials in those days gave a very 
original and a very human explanation. ’’Everyone has the right to 
get rich, but anyone who cannot do it in four years should look for 
some other business.” 

Narrator and Voices go to Cheyenne’s world-famous Frontier Days 
celebration and to some of the juiciest morsels in the script; 

Voice II; Look! V/hat magnificent Indian girls. 

Voice; Feathered and naked. 

Voice II (not unreasonably in the circumstances): What are 
they going to do'^ 

Narrator: Let me see the program. It’s the 100-meter race. 

Voice; Bravol I bet ten dollars that the one with the blue ker¬ 
chief wins. 

The entire script appears on Page 2E37 of the Congressional 
Record of March 4th. 

A State Department official said broadcasts to Latin 
America were divided between NBC and Columbia Broadcasting System on 
a contract basis. Scripts are prepared by the networks for these 
broadcasts, though those for transmission to most of the world’s 
trouble spots are prepared by the Department, 



David Sarnoff and Justin Miller, Chairman of the Board of 
the Radio Corporation of America,and President of the National Associ¬ 
ation of Broadcasters, respectively, were among those awarded medals 
at the Annual Advertising Awards Dinner in New York last week. 

General Sarnoff’s medal was for ”his contribution to the advancement 
of television as a service to the public and as a medium of advertis¬ 
ing”. Judge Miller’s medal was for his ’’contribution to the knowledge 
and technioue of radio advertising”. 

Advertising will run the risk of some ’’crackdown” if used 
for special pleading or as a ’’club” for big business, Gardner Cowles, 
publisher and broadcaster declared. 

Referring to some attempts to curb advertising during the 
war, Mr. Cowles said: ”I did not want then or do I want now to see 
the government directing or curbing or dominating the advertising of 
this country." 

Theodore S. Repplier, President of the Advertising Council, 
headed a long list of individuals and groups who were honored for out¬ 
standing achievements in advertising during 1947. He received the 
Gold Medal for "distinguished services to advertising”. The awards 
are sponsored by Advertising & Selling Magazine., 


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**I realize that American business needs to do a much better 
public relations job”, Mr. Cowles said. ”I realize advertising can 
very well help to do this job at the plant level, or the local commun¬ 
ity level. But the multitudinous proposals in recent years from the 
National Association of Manufacturers and the Chamber of Commerce 
that big business as one group launch a giant national advertising 
campaign to ’sell’ the American people on the free enterprise system, 
have always worried me. I have always feared that such campaigns 
would so ’smack’ of special pleading by big business that they would 
fail of their objective and might bring in their wake some crackdown 
on advertising. 

”I hope the forthcoming campaign of the ANA (Association of 
National Advertisers), the 4-A (American Association of Advertising 
Agencies) and the Advertising Council on the merits of our free Amer¬ 
ican system will not appear to the man in the street as an attempt to 
retard any improvements in the system. I don’t want to see advertis¬ 
ing get identified in the public’s mind as a tool of big business 
used to maintain the status quo and prevent even desirable change." 



They all laughed when Edward M. Betts, of Salisbury, Md., 
a radio serviceman, installed a television receiver there. 

Normal broadcast range is 30 to 40 miles and the nearest 
station to this Eastern Shore city are Baltimore and Washington, 
each 80 miles away, and Philadelphia, 110 miles. 

But, according to a dispatch to the V/ashington Post , Betts 
surprised his critics by getting pictures he could see the very first 
night he flicked on the switch. Since then he’s watched sports ev¬ 
ents, horse races and live commercials from WB\'I and WTTG in Wash¬ 
ington; WMAR in Baltimore, and V/FIL-TV in Philadelphia. 

Betts started out with an 80-foot tall antenna but in his 
experiments he later discovered that wasn't necessary. His rooftop 
serial pulls the pictures in, too. 

He has a so-called "booster” on his 3S-tube Motorola receiv¬ 
er which amplifies the signal, 


(Complied by Television Broadcasters' Assn, as of March 1, 1948) 

Stations Operating... 17 

CP’s Granted. 72 

Applications Pending....,..145 




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Reports reaching the Federal Communications Commission were 
that interference caused with WFIL-TV on Channel 6 in Philadelphia, 
hy WCAU-T^r, the Philadel ph ia Bulletin’s new television station on 
Channel 10, tests of which began the first of the month, was being 
rapidly rectified. An FCC official said the Commission engineers 
were in close touch with the situation and that every effort was be¬ 
ing made to clear up the trouble. With regard to the difficulty, 
the Bulletin said last week: 

’’The RCA Service Co, announced it had inaugurated a program 
to make any necessary adjustments in RCA Victor television receivers 
in the Philadelphia-Camden area to correct interference resulting 
from WCAU-TV going on the air with test patterns* 

”In a letter addressed to ovmers of RCA Victor television 
sets, the company explained that there was interference on some RCA 
receivers with reception of WFIL-TV and I'/PTZ while WCAU-T^r was on 
the air with its test pattern, 

’’Set owners experiencing such difficulty were assured that 
the necessary adjustments would be made by service engineers as 
quickly as possible.” 

J. A. Milling, RCA Service Company, Commercial Vice-Presi¬ 
dent, sent the following letter to all RCA television owners in the 
Philadelphia area: 

"Television receiver owners in this area welcome Philadel¬ 
phia’s newest television station - WCAU-TV - which is RCA ecuipped 
from studio to transmitter. New Programs will now be brought to tele¬ 
vision enthusiasts in this area from another great station, and the 
Columbia Broadcasting System, 

”Your RCA Victor television receiver can tune in this new 
station because a thirteen channel tuner is standard equipment on all 
RCA Victor television receivers. 

”It is possible that you may experience interference when 
stations in channels 6 and 10 are on the air at the same time. If 
this occurs, we will make necessary adjustments to your receiver at 
no charge, within the limitations of your Owner Policy. 

”In the event of a temporary delay in serving you, we are 
sure that we may count on your cooperation which will enable us to 
efficiently schedule this work in your neighborhood as promptly as 

’’You may be sure that RCA takes just pride in the beginning 
of television program service by 17CAU-TV and that we are most anxious, 
as soon as possible, to check the performance of your RCA Victor tele¬ 
vision receiver where necessary.” 


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Alfred I. da Pont Radio Station and Radio Commentator Awards 
were presented Monday night to Columbia Broadcasting System station 
WBBM, Chicago, to CBS commentator Edward R. Marrow, and ABC station 
TdTFIL, Philadelphia, in New York:. 

Dr. Francis P, Gaines, President of Washington and Lee 
University, presented the awards to H. Leslie Atlass, CBS Vice- 
President in Charge of Central Division, for WBBM, to Mr. Morrow and 
to Roger Clipp, Manager of WFIL. Winners in each category received 
a $1,000 cash award. 

The award was conferred on WBBM, ’’in recognition and appre¬ 
ciation of outstanding public service in encouraging, promoting, and 
developing American ideals of freedom, and for loyal, devoted service 
to the nation and to the community it serves.” In January of this 
year, WBBM received the Annual Radio Av/ard of the National Conference 
of Christians and Jews for its series, ’’Democracy, USA”, dealing with 
the Negro problem, 

Mr. Marrow received the Commentator Award, ”in recognition 
and appreciation of his initiative in the aggressive, independent 
and meritorious gathering, interpretation and presentation of news 
through the medium of radio.” 

The award to WBBM was for a station of more than 5000 watts 
power. The du Pont award for a station under 5,000 watts was given 
to WFIL, Philadelphia, ABC affiliate for ’’general excellence”. 


A Hollywood record manufacturer announced last Friday that 
he would defy the American Federation of Musicians ban on recordings, 

Harry Schooler, President of the Mardi Gras Record Company, 
said he would put six numbers on wax with musicians who were obtained 
through a union-sanctioned booking organization. 

Bands led by Charlie Gates, Lionel Goodman and Gene Keen 
will record six numbers, 

!'’r. Schooler, according to a U.P. dispatch, said most mem¬ 
bers of the bands had withdrawn from the American Federation of Musi¬ 
cians because they had difficulty getting jobs after recordings were 
halted January 1st. 

The transcriptions will be distributed nationally to Juke 
box operators, he said. Plans for musicians to share in royalties 
have been made. 



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Matthew Alexander Henson, 03-year-old Negro, credited with 
having made it possible for the late Admiral Peary to reach the North 
Pole in 1909, and the only member of the party who accompanied Peary 
to the Pole, received the Gold Medal of the Geographic Society of 
Chicago last Tuesday evening (March 9) in recognition of his many 
contributions to scientific knowledge. 

Commander Donald B. MacMillan, noted Arctic explorer, who 
acccanpanied the 1909 expedition, quoted Peary as saying in telling 
what each member should do, said: 

"’Henson will make the final effort to reach the Pole with 
me. I can’t get along without him.’ 

"Matt Henson went to the North Pole with Peary because he 
was a better man than any one of us." 

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Peter Freuchen and other great 
Arctic explorers have also paid glowing tributes to Matt Henson. 

But it was not until last Autumn, when Commander Eugene F. 
McDonald, Ir., a Governor of the Geographic Society of Chicago, who 
commanded one of the vessels and was second in command of MacMillan’s 
19E4-5 Arctic expedition, proposed Henson’s name for an award that a 
major scientific society renismbered to honor the venerable Negro. 
Commander McDonald said: 

"This is one piece of unfinished business in the geographic 
v/orld which needs immediate attention." 

Henson already holds the Congressional Medal of Honor, but 
he is the first Negro in history to be honored by any American scien¬ 
tific society for achievement in the geographic field. He made his 
first trip to the Arctic in 1891 with Peary and during the following 
two decades became a legendary figure among the Eskimos. He learned 
to speak their numerous dialects; he became a better hunter than most 
of them; he could out-last them on the long treks in the 70-below- 
zero temperatures and the howling winds of the Arctic nights. 

Bom on an impoverished Maryland tenant farm, Henson went 
to sea at the age of twelve. Nine years later he joined Robert E» 
Peary, then a young naval lieutenant, on an expedition to survey a 
canal across Nicaragua. 

For nearly twenty years Peary and Henson pierced the frozen 
wastes of the Far North, suffering cold and starvation together in 
fruitless efforts to reach the North Pole, Not until their seventh 
attempt did they attain victory. And Peary did not hesitate to pro¬ 
claim that Matt Henson, because of his adaptability, fitness and 
loyalty was his most valuable aid, 


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The only evidence of radio at the dinner given to Presi¬ 
dent Truman by the White House Correspondents’ Association in 
Washington last Saturday night was the microphone through which 
Spike Jones and his comedy band were heard, which was labelled 
’’Station WIND, Chicago”* (Ralph Atlass please take a bow,) It was 
also the microphone through which Margaret Truman made her unannounc¬ 
ed guest appearance surprising even her father who afterwards told 
the correspondents "You put one over on me.” Miss Truman stole the 
show and in the opinion of one of those present, "sings about four 
times better than her critics will admit, and her stage presence was 

President Truman presented the $500 Raymond Clapper Award 
for outstanding Washington reporting to Nat Finney, v/ashington cor¬ 
respondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Des Moines Register- 
Tribuna and Cowles Broadcasting Company. 

Among those present at the dinner identified with radio 
interests were: 

Martin Codel, publisher, W- Reports; E* H, Gammons, V/ash¬ 
ington CBS Vice-President; Philip L. Graham, publisher, Washington 
Post operating WINX; William Randolph Hearst, Jr., Hearst stations; 
Ray Henle, commentator; Mike Hunnicott, WOL commentator; Ernest K. 
Bindley, commentator; William R, McAndrew, NBC; B, M. McKelway, pub¬ 
lisher, Washington Star and operator of WIiAL; Clauds A. Mahoney, CBS 
commentator; Paul A. Sorter, former Chairman FCC. 

Also, Bryson B. Rash, ABC-VJMAL; Joseph H. Ream, CBS; Frank 
M. Russell, Washington Vice-President NBC; Oswald Schuette, RCA; 
George 0. Sutton, Radio Counsellor; Sol Taishoff, Editor, Broadcast¬ 
ing; Eugene D. Thomas, Advertising Manager WOR. 



Brig, Gen, David Sarnoff, Chairman of the Radio Corporation 
of America, will be the guest of honor at a dinner of the American 
Newcomen Society in V/ashington Friday, March 19, which will be a 
memorial to A. Edison, 

Former Governor Charles Edison of New Jersey, and former 
Secretary of the Navy will bring greetings to the dinner in memory 
of his distinguished father. The American Newcomen is a branch of 
a British society named after Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729), an 
English engineer, one of the inventors of the steam engine, 



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Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., 1947 sales of ^95,715,638 
was the largest peacetime volume in its history, and 38 per cent 
above 1946 sales of $69,313,127. Sales for the last pre-war year of 
1941 approximated $20,000,000. 

Income for 1947 was also at a new high record, *‘^2,507,075. 
After provision for preferred dividends, the earnings equalled $2,10 
a share on the 1,006,550 shares of common stock. They compare with 
$2,384,017 or $1.97 a common share shown for 1946. 

Walter E. Poor, Chairman of the Board and Don G. Mitchell, 
President, declared that 1947 was the first year since the war in 
which sales were not seriously limited by material shortages, al¬ 
though production still was inadeouate to take care of demand for 
the company’s three principal product lines of radio sets, fluores¬ 
cent lamps and photoflash lamps. 

Two wholly-owned subsidiaries accuired recently, Colonial 
Radio Corporation and the Wabash Corporation, operated at losses in 
1947, as did the Electronics Division, the report disclosed. Pro¬ 
ducts of these subsidiaries are relatively new to Sylvania, it was 
stated, and plans did not mature fast enough last year to bring these 
divisions into the profit column. 



United States and Canadian radio manufacturers will hold 
their fifth joint conference in Toronto in April when the respective 
Boards of Directors of the U. S. Radio Manufacturers' Association 
and the Canadian Rl'A meet there. 

Mutual Industry problems will be discussed at business ses¬ 
sions of the Directors, which will be followed by a program of social 

The U. S. RMA Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, 
April 8, with the Canadians present, while the Canadian RI/IA Directors 
v/ill meet on Friday, April 9, with the American visitors as guests. 

Max F. Balcom, President of the U.S. R^.-A, will head the 
American delegation of radio manufacturers who will be guests of the 
Canadians at two luncheons, a reception and a dinner. The hosts 
will be S. L. Capell, President of the Canadian RMA, and the Canadian 
Board of Directors, 



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Representatives of the 31 NBC Television affiliates which 
will go on the air before the end of 1948, will meet in New York 
Friday (March 12), to discuss plans for operation of their televi¬ 
sion stations, it was announced by Frank E. Mullen, NBC Executive 

This is the largest number of video stations scheduled to 
be affiliated with any one netv/ork by the end of the year. NBC 
Television nov; has eight stations on the air, with a ninth to begin 
network operation tomorrow Thursday (March 11). 

The eight are V/NBT, Nev/ York, and WBV7, Washington (both 
owned and operated by the network); WPTZ, Philadelphia; IVRGB, 
Schenectady; WY/I-TV, Detroit; KSD-TV, St. Louis; vmTJ-TV, Milwaukee, 
and V/LWT, Cincinnati, Of these, New York, V/ashington, Philadelphia 
and Schenectady are now joined in an East Coast netv/ork, and ’J7BAL-TV, 
Baltimore, will join the network March 11th. 

Mr, Mullen recently return from a trip to the West Coast 
also predicted that a coast-to-coast video netv/ork will be in opera¬ 
tion by 1950 from New York to Hollywood. 

The NBC Vice President said he had held conferences with 
most of the major motion picture producers during his trip and had 
found all vitally interested in television, both as an advertising 
medium and as an outlet for future production. However, he said, 
he did not believe television would ever show first-run, full-length 
motion pictures* 

’’Television films will be 10, 20 or 30 minutes long”, Mr. 
Mullen said. ”It is not economically feasible to produce full- 
length pictures exclusively for television showing.” 

Mr. Mullen stated that 65 percent of NBC’s video program¬ 
ming is now commercially sponsored. 



Twenty-one Southern Senators last week demanded from the 
Mutual Broadcasting System eoual radio time to answer a program 
dramatizing President Truman’s civil rights program. Both actions 
were directed at meeting head-on the proposals strongly advanced by 
the Administration. 

Robert D. Sv/ezey, Vice-President and General Manager of 
Mutual, said the netv/ork would be glad to consider the reouest. 

In a telegram to Edgar Kobak, President of the Mutual 
Broadcasting System, the Southern twenty-one Senators noted that the 
network was putting on the air a series entitled ”To Secure These 


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Rights”, dramatization of the civil rights recommendations made by 
the President’s Committee on Civil Rights and subsecuently endorsed 
by the Chief Executive in a reouest to Congress for legislation. 

They asserted that they were opposed to the proposed legis¬ 
lation, ”as are millions of American citizens whom we represent”, 
and added: 

"The definition of what constitutes a civil right or where 
an alleged right of the citizen invades the right of another is high¬ 
ly controversial. In the present circumstances it is a political 

"We do not have available the professional talent of a 
large broadcasting chain to dramatize the presentation of our oppo¬ 
sition to the report of the President’s committee, but we do wish to 
have accorded to us time to present our views equal to that used by 
this program." 

"In view of the fact that so many of your outlets are 
located in the South", the telegram added, "we feel you will gladly 
comply with our reouest." 



The twenty-five words which Mrs. Florence Hubbard of Chicago 
wrote about the American Heart Association to v/in the ?^.22,500 radio 
"Walking Man" contest will cost her up to $8,000 in income taxes. 

If, as on some other radio programs, she had merely answer¬ 
ed the telephone in a pure lottery, the whole award might be tax 
free. Out-and-out gifts, the Bureau of Internal Revenue Office in 
Los Angeles, according to a dispatch to the New York Times, explained, 
are not taxable, but in previous contests like "The Walking Man", it 
has been ruled that the writing of an essay, even a twenty-five word 
one, to qualify for a prize constitutes work making the award leg¬ 
ally the same as salary. 

The fact that the prize v/as in merchandise - including an 
airplane, an automobile, a trailer and a motor-boat - makes no dif¬ 
ference to the Government. The tax on such emoluments is based on 
its "fair market value", which is construed as its retail price. 

Hov^ever, representatives of Ralph Edwards, for whose "Truth 
and Conseruences" program Mrs. Hubbard identified "The ViTalking Man" 
as lack Benny, suggested that her tax might be considerably lower 
than the approximate “^8,000 levied on that income bracket. 

In three similar previous contests, it was stated, the 
manufacturers who supplied the merchandise prizes, in making cash ad¬ 
justments for gadgets the winner was unable to use, in many cases had 
taken into consideration the tax involved. 

The National Broadcasting Company said there was no arrange¬ 
ment for either it or the program’s sponsor to absorb any of the 
winner’s tax. 


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Editorials On The Air ~ Sure 

{'^Washington Times-Herald'*) 

Back in 1941, the Federal Communications Commission ruled 
in the so-called Mayflower case that U. S. radio stations may not 
put editorials on the air. 

Now, the FCC is holding hearings in V/ashington on the Ques¬ 
tion whether to reverse the Mayflower ruling# 

We’re in favor of giving the radio stations just as much 
leeway in this respect as the newspapers always have had. A news¬ 
paper allots a given percentage of its space daily to expressions 
of its management’s opinions on current events. The readers know 
that these editorials speak the paper's views. Newspapers which 
genuinely believe in freedom of speech and press also allot space 
for letters from readers agreeing or disagreeing with the editorials 
or criticizing other features in the paper. Our own name for that 
department is Voice Of The People# 

Presumably the radio stations or networks would do much the 
same thing if they should go in for editorializing. The logical 
course would be to devote a given amount of time per day to a feature 
plainly labeled as the station's or network’s opinions, and equal 
time to the airing of "Dear Sir, you cur" crackbacks from listeners. 

The whole arrangement should add much, v'e think, to the 
liveliness and interest of radio. It would also ease a widespread 
gripe once summed up by the ether star Bob Burns when he chuckled 
that "Th8 radio’s a wonderful thing. Why, you can reach 20,000,000 
people by radio, and 20,000,000 people can’t reach you." 

Nathan Straus, President of W1:CA, New York, pointed out 
that more than 90 per cent of all the cities and towns in the United 
States have one newspaper apiece, or two papers under the same owner¬ 

Some managements or editors in these places are broad-mind¬ 
ed and courageous enough to give opposite opinions an even break in 
their columns, but not all of them are. In cities or towns where 
such a monopoly is abused by the ruling out of opinions which ye 
editor or ye business office doesn’t like, freedom of ye press ob¬ 
viously suffers from a permanent black eye. 

This condition could be corrected, at least in part, by 
allowing the nearest radio station to broadcast editorials and lis¬ 
teners’ disagreements with same. In many cases, that would let some 
fresh air and common sense into the newspapers affected by this radio 
opinion competition, which would be a good thing all around. 

We can’t see any reason for keeping editorials off the air 
any longer, and don’t think they should have been banned to begin 
with. Their entry onto the airwaves would be strictly in tune with 
the Constitution’s 1st amendment, guaranteeing freedom of speech; and 
what are we waiting for, anyv/ay? 


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A Reader Speaks About Paid Radio Logs 
(Letter to '^Editor and Publisher” from Homer S, Davis, Evanston,Ill.) 

In all the arguing going on in the columns of Editor & 
Publisher regarding radio logs^ the forgotten man is the reader who 
pays his 5^ a day or $1,50 a month which makes possible that prec¬ 
ious white space called a newspaper, 

Broadcasters treat him as a moron who can be motivated 
only through repititious, double-barrelled commercials at stepped-up 

Editors judge what is good for him to read and how much, 
and in this instance it is being determined from a purely commercial 

Let^s be consistent. 

Much news space is given to professional athletic events, 
staged for profit. How much advertising is received from baseball 
clubs, for instance? 

Radio logs are referred to several times a day. Any cur¬ 
tailment reduces the value received by the reader for his expendi¬ 

In a larger city, his recourse is to shift to a competitor 
who provides what he wants* In a smaller city where one paper enjoys 
a monopoly, he can only join the few who "react fast - and loud - to 
anything they donH like", and still not get what he wants. 

Eliminate the radio editor’s daily column if you must be 
commercial, or retain it if it is attracting display radio advertis¬ 

Give the reader a brief, easy-to-read chronological listing 
of all radio shows. Eliminate call letters and use freouencies (dial 
readings) if you are a die-hard, or charge for listing calls. Al¬ 
ways publish the log in the same relative page position (the Knight 
publication in Chicago recently yielded to this after years of kick¬ 
ing it all over the paper). 

But "big type" for some listings v/ill only clutter up the 
readability, "Radio Program Service" with position other than 
chronological would be even less serviceable. 

Network "Co-op" Shows Gain As Retail Medium 

Samuel Rooner in '’Editor & Publisher") 

Radio’s wooing of the retail advertiser made a hit last 
year - a mild one, but nevertheless a hit. 

In 1947, local time sales passed network sales for the 
first time in the 20 years on record. 

Radio statisticians calculate the revenue about thus: local 
$135,000,000; national network - $125,000,000. This represents a 
small loss for national (from $126,700,000 in 1946), a very substan¬ 
tial gain for local (from $116,000,000)« 

Newspapers, of course, more than held their ground against 
radio in the retail field. While radio was increasing its business 
by 8^, dailies exactly doubled this increase, raising their retail 
revenue 16'^ to a level roundly estimated at more than $850,000,000. 


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The San Francisco Call~Bulletin is again printing radio 
programs having withdrawn tihem before the war. 

A radio paging system for drivers of motor vehicles was 
patented (No. 2,436,824) last week by Ralph K« Potter of Morriswotn, 
N.J., assignor to the Bell Telephone Laboratories. 

Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation and Subsidiaries; 
Thirteen weeks to Jan. 31: Consolidated net profit, after .^405,709 
Federal taxes, was $763,190, equal to $1.90 a share on 400,000 shares 
outstanding. This compares with $642,394, or $1.60 a share, for the 
corresponding period of the previous year, when ‘^557,476 was provid¬ 
ed for taxes. 

News services, newspapers, radio and television representa¬ 
tives have already asked for near 2,000 seats for each of the polit¬ 
ical national conventions. This is about a sixth of the entire seat¬ 
ing capacity of Philadelphia’s huge Convention Hall. 

Departure from Standard Alfi and Network rates has been 
established for WLWT, Crosley Broadcasting Corp.’s Cincinnati video 
outlet, according to R. E, Dunville, Vice-President and General 
Manager of the corporation. 

”We have allowed substantial discounts during the Summer 
months”, says Mr. Dunville, "as an incentive to advertisers and pros¬ 
pective advertisers.” He continues that the establishment of dis¬ 
counts from May through September is done in recognition of the fact 
that these months in standard broadcasting have been proven ’’slow”. 

A personal letter from Frank Stanton, President of the 
Columbia Broadcasting System, will accompany copies of the CBS Map 
of the Changing V/orld, mailed to U.N. delegates from all nations. 

The letter, in part, reads; ”The map was specially designed 
to be used by radio listeners in connection with CBS international 
news programs, as part of our comprehensive efforts to inform the 
American people fully on international matters.the map enables the 
audience to follow the details of CBS international broadcasts with 
accurate current information on the many changes of the map of the 
world in the past decade...” 

Listeners desiring the map should write to CBS V/ORLD l/AP, 
Box 828, Chicago, Ill, enclosing 10 cents to cover cost of handling. 



Founded in 1924 

CBS-TV To Get 


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2400 California Street, N. W. 

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IMDEX TO ISSUE OF, MARCH 17/-1948. 17 1948 




Into V/ashington Despite Channel Traffic Jam. ........ 1 

■"Phonevision” To Be Included In Zenith’s New Television Sets..2 

Reinsch, Miller To Give Pointers To Georgia Institute.3 

"Bricklaying Pays Better", Mahoney CBS-V/TOP Newsman Cautions.3 

"Science Is Nation’s Greatest Fortification" - David Sarnoff.4 

St-ockton New American Cable & Radio Head; Served In Europe..5 

Television Seminar At New G.E. Electronics Park In Syracuse..5 

FM License Period Extended To Three Years.,.., . 5 

Sen, Johnson, Colorado, Reconsiders; Will Run Again,.6 

Sunspots Again Cause Communications Trouble,.....6 

Objecting To Added ^125,000 Says FCC Out Of All Proportion. ...7 

FCC Probes Charge Radio Slanted News Against Jews...8 

Mississippi Steamers With Radiotelephones; Page Mark Twain.9 

Mitchell Tells Ad Clubs Listeners Want No-Fee Broadcasting.10 

RMA-IRE Spring Meeting Technical Program Issued. .....11 

Site Chosen For Crosley T^r Net Columbus. 0., Station. ....12 

Net Time' Sales Up 5 Percent*; Four Nets ?“72,352,636.12 

Scissors And Paste ..13 

Trade Notes... 15 

No. 1816 

March 17, 1948 


Although there is nothing in writing on it as yet, unless 
something turns up unexpectedly to spill the beans, the television 
programs of the Columbia Broadcasting System from its dazzling new 
studios in New York City will be seen in Washington notwithstanding 
the fact that all four television channels in the National Capital 
are already assigned to other broadcasting companies, CBS coming 
into the Capital, it is understood, will be accomplished through an 
arrangement with IWAL-TV, V/ashington Evening Star station, which will 
probably not be completed before April or May, 

WlkL is an affiliate of the American Broadcasting Company 
but it is figured that it may be sometime before ABC may be ready to 
use the television facilities which delay will give CBS a chance to 
look around for a permanent outlet. Those who have the other V/ashing- 
ton channels nailed down are the National Broadcasting Company Dul^ont 
and Bamberger, 

Columbia was the principal advocate of color television and 
had expected to come into V/ashington with color which necessarily 
would have had to be transmitted on a much higher freouency. For 
that reason no application was put in for one of the four precious 
black and white standard broadcast channels. Therefore it was bad 
news for Columbia when the FGC decided color was not far enough along 
for practical purposes but let black and white go ahead. 

Just how Columbia would work out its future whether through 
added channels, being able to buy in, or some other lucky stroke, no 
one would venture a guess, Earl H, Gammons, CBS Washington Vice- 
President though non-commital, was apparently hopeful that some perm¬ 
anent arrangement could be effected. Arrangements have already been 
made to receive the CBS telecasts in Philadelphia with negotiations 
under way in Boston. 

Frank Stanton, President of CBS, stated that the New York 
television studios will be a major step in the company’s intensive 
plans for building a nationwide television network. 

The new studios and their associated facilitiesoccupying 
more than 700,000 cubic feet in the Grand Central Terminal Building in 
midtown New York, will be eouipped with the most advanced television 
apparatus while practically all existing studio and control eouipment 
will be scrapaed. The new studio clans are based on Columbia’s actual 
operating experience in television over the past 17 years. 

’’Columbia’s primary television interest is the establish¬ 
ment of a nationv^ide network of stations as a coordinated enterprise 
which will give the television audience maximum coverage of the en¬ 
tire American scene”, Mr. Stanton said, 

"The new CBS studio facilities are intended to increase 
the scope and variety of programs to be fed its television affiliates 


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so that those stations in communities with limited sources of tele¬ 
vision talent and program material may benefit from the vast enter¬ 
tainment, cultural, and news resources of the New York area, 

”We believe that helping new stations to build their aud¬ 
iences more quickly will shorten their period of financial loss and 
television will thereby achieve a sound economic status more rapidly 
than would otherwise be possible, 

”As broadcasters in both radio and television since their 
earliest days, we are fully aware that technical facilities alone 
will not produce interesting programs. It is Columbia’s tradition 
to pioneer in programming and we intend to maintain that creative 
leadership in television. Our new facilities will provide freedom 
for the creative effort in studio programming which is generally 
accepted as one of television’s most urgent needs,” 

Nr. Stanton said the present CBS regular schedule of news, 
remotes and film programs will continue and programs from the new 
studios will be added to this schedule as rapidly as construction 

The present CBS schedule includes all the major events from 
Madison Square Garden except professional boxing, and during the base 
ball season, the home games of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Television fans 
he said, are still talking of the unforgettable thrill of watching 
Gil Dodds break the world’s indoor mile record when CBS broadcast the 
recent Millrose track meet from the Garden. 

The first programs from the new studios are slated for 
broadcast in April even though studio construction will still be in 
progress. Included in the expansion of the CBS broadcast schedule 
is an extension of the present five-day schedule to seven-day opera¬ 
tions • 



Reporting that shipments for the past nine months were the 
highest in the company’s peacetime history, E. F. McDonald, Jr., 
President of the Zenith Radio Corporation, said: 

’’Phonevision”, the company’s new television development, 
continues to attract nation-v/ide attention from broadcasters, manu¬ 
facturers and moving picture interests, the latter being most enthus¬ 
iastic about its limitless possibilities of first run movies in the 
home. Satisfactory progress is being made in engineering and the 
further development of this feature which is being provided for in 
our line of television receivers to be placed on the market this 



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The two top speakers at the Georgia Radio Institute at the 
University of Georgia Tuesday, April 6 and V/ednesday, the 7th, will 
be I. Leonard Reinsch, radio adviser to President Truman, and lustin 
Miller, President of the National Association of Broadcasters. The 
meetings will be sponsored Jointly by the Henry V/. Grady School of 
Journalism at the University and the Georgia Association of Broad¬ 
casters . 

Two vacancies on the Advisory Board for the George Foster 
Peabody Radio Awards have been filled by Paul Porter, former FCG 
Chairman, and John Crosby, syndicated radio columnist for the New 
York Herald Tribune , 

The next meeting of the Board will be held next Monday, 
March 22nd at the Hotel Commodore, New York, to select the 1947 
winners. The winners will be announced and awards presented at a 
luncheon meeting of the New York City Radio Executives Club in April. 



Keister V/hite, of Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 
wrote Claude Mahoney, CBS-V/TOP V/ashington commentator, that ”the time 
has come as it must to all high school seniors, for me to write a 
theme on a possible future vocation. Since I am sincerely interest¬ 
ed in news broadcasting ...” He enclosed a set of questions. 

On his ”Once Over Lightly” show on VifTOP (7:40 A.M. Mon. 
through Fri.), Mr, Mahoney advised the lad: 

’’These questions could be used on anything from bricklay¬ 
ing to broadcasting. But if there is a choice, I would advise 
Keister to go after brick-laying. I think there is more money in it.. 

”V/orking environment, indoors, outdoors, hazards? Y/ell, 
it’s both indoors and outdoors. As for the hazards ... they are 
people who say ’no’ when they mean ’yes’ and vice versa. The hazards 
are bad grammar and poor construction on the air, or a frog in your 
throat. The hazards are the ease with which a person can make a mis¬ 
take or tell only part of a story. The hazards are the V/ashlngton 
Senators on opening day v/hen you should be watching the other kind of 
Senators ... 

”Is the work monotonous*? Well, coming down here day after 
day at the exact moment and being, ready at the exact second can get 
very monotonous if you let it. I have alv/ays said it was like milk¬ 
ing cows, except that this chair is slightly more comfortable than a 
milking stool. ...” 

Claude knov;s about milking, A Hoosier by birth, he lives 
in Washington, but he spends his week-ends on his farm in nearby 
Fairfax County, Virginia, To do his three morning radio broadcasts 
on T/VTOP, he gets up as early as any farmer. 

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Stressing the fact that our opportunities to succeed as 
individuals and to advance as a nation were often found in tiny clues, 
hidden amid simple surroundings, David Sarnoff, President of the 
Radio Corporation of America, asserted at Boston University last 
week: ’’The steam engine was born in a tea kettle; the airplane came 

out of a bicycle shop; the automobile first sputtered and moved in a 
small carriage factory, and broadcasting started from an amateur 
station in a private garage." 

Each of these inventions was, at the outset, confronted by 
skepticism, General Sarnoff, who received an honorary degree along 
with Justin Niller, President of the National Association of Broad¬ 
casters and others, continued: 

"The public was indifferent and a long period of time 
elapsed between their introduction and their popular acceptance. This 
span has been shortened greatly by the nev; implements of science and 
the modern means of exploitation. But former indifference must not 
be replaced by another apathy - a lack of concern by the public as to 
the use made of new inventions and discoveries. There is danger in 
either attitude and more so today than ever. 

"Failure to appreciate the significance of inventions may 
retard our technical progress and threaten our National Security. 

And failure to guard against the evil use of technological develop¬ 
ments may destroy our capacity for social progress. Vie need an in¬ 
formed and alert public opinion to stand guard against both dangers." 

"In radio and television", he said, ‘the electron is the 
new and magic force. In aviation, it is jet propulsion; in medicine, 
it is penicillin and streptomycin. Like the original discoveries 
and inventions in these fields, each is a new key to further develop¬ 
ments which will make our present-day conceptions of science seem as 
crude as the first feeble wireless signal, or the first short flight 
of the airplane," 

"Science, v/hile changing the world, has changed itself. It 
has accumulated knowledge so vast as to be beyond assimilation by a 
single human mind. 

"V/here one scientist toiled alone fifty years ago, hundreds 
work together today in cooperative effort. Research institutions of 
education and industry have brought them together and provided them 
with matchless facilities for exploring the unknown, for creating the 
new and improving the old. 

"Upon the foundations created by the pioneers of science, 
now stand splendidly eauipped research laboratories. V/ithin them are 
assembled men of ideas who use the tools of science to broaden and ex¬ 
tend the trails blazed by pioneers and to open new horizons. These 
laboratories told the cromise of the future; they are the bulwarks of 
our national security, for war has taught us that science is a na¬ 
tion’s greatest fortification, as well as the fountainhead of its 

progress and its research for enduring peace," 


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Kenneth E. Stockton, newly elected President of the 
American Cable Sc Radio Corporation, world-wide cable and radiotele¬ 
graph affiliate of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corpor¬ 
ation, has been associated with the I. T. & T. System for more than 
20 years, recently holding the position of Divisional Vice President 
for all of Europe. He also has been elected President of two of ACR*s 
operating subsidiaries. All America Cables and Radio, Inc., and The 
CommercialCable Company. 

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Stockton was gradu¬ 
ated from Princeton University in 1914 and from Columbia Law School 
in 1917. He joined the Legal Department of I. T. & T. in 1925 and 
was made Assistant General Attorney of the corporation in 1948. In 
1935 he became vice President of I. T. & T. and in 1939 was elected 
to the Board of Directors, From 1940 to early 1945 Mr. Stockton 
served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of American Cable & 
Radio, following which he assumed his I, T. & T. post in Europe. 



A three-day television seminar opened at the General 
Electric’s new Electronics Park at Syracuse, N. Y., Tuesday (March 16). 
About 125 were expected to attend the sessions yesterday and today 
and in Syracuse tomorrow (March 18) at the G.E. television station 
WRGB in Schenectady. 

Highlights of the seminar included a tour through the new 
^25,000,000 electronics headouarters plant at Syracuse, a special 
"House of Magic" show following dinner today, and a network televi¬ 
sion show relayed by G.E, from New York for the group as they visit 
and inspect V/RGB in Schenectady tomorrow (Thursday, 18th) 

Dr, V7.R.G. Baker, G.E, Vice-President in charge of the 
Electronics Department, talked to the group after dinner Tuesday. 

C, A. Priest, T%nager of the G.E. Transmitter Division, is to be 
the dinner speaker tonight (17th), 



The Federal Communications Commission has amended its rules 
to extend the normal license period of commercial FM broadcast sta¬ 
tions and noncommercial FM broadcast stations to three years after a 
preliminary licensing period based upon a system of expiration dates 
to fit a staggered schedule for renewal of licenses. The new pro¬ 
cedure will become effective May 1, 1948. 



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Senator Edwin C* Johnson (D), of Colorado, ranking minor¬ 
ity member of the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee, which handles 
radio matters (and author of the pending bill 3-2231) to break down 
clear channels and to keep the power ceiling at 50 kw), who announc¬ 
ed sometime ago that he would not run again, has changed his mind and 
put up his lightning rod for re-election to a third term. 

Mr, Johnson last week made public a letter written to 
Walter Walker of Grand Junction, Colo., former United States Senator 
in which he told l^r. Walker that for six months people in "all walks 
of life" in Colorado had urged him to change his mind and run again 
for the Senate. 

"Much to my surprise, I have discovered that one cannot 
side-step high public responsibility at will", he wrote. 

"Reluctantly I yield to these arguments and announce now 
that in this year of its greatest crisis since the Civil War, should 
the Democratic party desire to nominate me for another six-year term, 
I am available." 

This would mean if Senator Johnson were re-elected and 
desired to do so, he could be the Chairman of the Interstate Commerce 
Committee succeeding Senator Wallace White, who will not run for re- 
election, and therefore the most powerful man in the Senate on radio 
and communications. Hearings on the Johnson bill (S-2231) will begin 
April 5 and in the meantime Senator Charles W, Tobey (R), of New 
Hampshire, Acting Chairman of the Senate Interstate Commerce Commit¬ 
tee, has served notice that until these hearings are concluded and 
acted upon, the Federal Communications Commission make no recommenda¬ 
tions with regard to the North American Regional Agreement (NARBA) 
which may result in a delay in holding the NARBA conference which is 
scheduled to start August 2 in Canada, 



A "magnetic storm" in the upper atmosphere has caused a 
radio "blackout" all over the world, the National Bureau of Stand¬ 
ards said Monday. 

The Bureau explained the disruption of radio communica¬ 
tions - "at least the worst in a year" - began about midnight Sunday, 
and would continue for three or four days. 

The disturbances are caused by a heavy outburst of sun¬ 
spots, eruptions on the surface of the sun, and are particularly 
severe across the North Atlantic. 











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Senator Clyde Reed (R), of Kansas, succeeded in killing an 
amendment by Senator O^Mahoney (D), of Wyoming, to add $125,000 to 
add $125,000 to the Federal Communications Commission appropriation 
for the next fiscal year. 

”My reason for asking this increase is that the work of 
the Federal Communications Commission is steadily expanding”, said 
Senator O’Nahoney. ”It is expanding at a rate greater than that 
probably of any other Government agency, simply because the war has 
resulted in the development of new horizons in the science of 
electronics and the science of communications through the ether, 

”The request which was made of the committee was for funds 
sufficient to enable the Federal Communications Commission to expand 
$40,411 to add 0 positions to carry on the work of frequency alloca¬ 
tions and treaty development. This is because the development of 
this science has become so great that electrical impulses may now 
be sent around the world with as little energy as 1 watt. It becomes 
essential therefore, if the people of the United States are to be 
protected in the utilization of all the bands which are available in 
the ether, that international agreements be made effective so that 
there shall not be interference. V/ithout such treaties, without such 
understandings, it would be easily possible for one nation to Jam 
the bands which are used by another nation. 

’’Furthermore, the Federal Communications Commission desires 
to have 23 positions for safety and special services. The radio is 
being used now not only by taxicabs all over the United States, but 
it is being used upon the seas, and upon the Great Lakes, to enable 
business and industrial and pleasure craft to avoid the dangers which 
are ever present upon the waters. To decline to give the Federal 
Communications Commission the money which it needs to proceed with 
its safety investigations and its special services is merely a deci¬ 
sion upon the part of the Congress that that sort of development 
shall not be made. One hundred and one thousand six hundred and 
eighty-nine dollars was to be used by the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission for that purpose.” 

To which Senator Reed, objecting said; 

’’This is one of the bureaus which has grown out of all 
proportions as compared with what it used to be, I readily grant 
that the work of the Federal Communications Commission has increased. 
The science of electronics has developed more during the war, and in 
the past 5 years, than it v/ould normally have developed in 50 years, 

”In 1941 - I shall not go clear back to 1939 - the Federal 
Communications Commission had 1,114 employees. Today it has 1,377. 
Throughout the v/ar the number of its employees ran above 2,000. Dur¬ 
ing the war the Commission had some extra duties to perform. It is 
true that the number of applications for radio licenses and stations 


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has increased, but presently I think the backlog is somewhat less 
than it was some months ago. I think the Commission is making pro¬ 
gress in reducing that number. 

”At any rate, we allowed $100,000 above what the House 
allowed. I do not think there is need for more than that. The 
Commission's plea for a further increase from our committee was re¬ 
jected by the subcommittee and also by the full committee.” 

Despite the fact that Senator O’Nahoney read a lengthy 
letter from FCC Chairman backing the reouest for more money, the 
amendment was beaten by a voice vote, 



The Federal Communications Commission last week, according 
to the Washington Post , disclosed that it is studying evidence on an 
allegation that a Los Angeles radio station ordered its news broad¬ 
casts to be ’’slanted”, particularly in an anti-Semitic direction. 

An FCC spokesman said the agency’s secretary, T. I. Slowie, 
had telegraphed a Holljrwood radio news writers’ group for informa¬ 
tion on charges they made against Station KI'FC. The data, in the 
form of sworn statements by former IQ([PC news room personnel, was re¬ 
turned and is now under study. 

Meantime, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, President of the American 
Jewish Congress, petitioned the FCC to revoke KMPC’s license. He 
said it had ordered news comments ’’slanted in a manner which would 
stir up religious and racial hatred”. 

The Billboard , weekly amusement news magazine, first 
brought the story to light, by publishing the charges of the radio 
writers’ group* In its latest edition, Billboard reported that three 
lO/EPC employees had resigned or been dismissed over differences con¬ 
cerning the alleged policy of the 50,000-watt station. They are 
Clete Roberts, Director of News and Special Events; George E. Lewis, 
newsroom manager, and Maurie Starrels, news editor. 

The Billboard ouoted a sworn statement of Starrels, and 
said the charges it contained were similar to those of the other two. 
Starrels was quoted as swearing he was instructed by KlI^G Owner G. A. 

1. To emphasize, after the murder of gangster Bugsy Siegel, 
that Siegel was Jewish. 

2. To be critical of Atomic Energy Commission Chairman David 
Lilienthal in newscasts; to play up his religion and foreign extrac¬ 
tion; to emphasize statements critical of him and play down or not 
use incidents favorable to him. 

3. To ”go easy” on President Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley 
Act, ’’because nobody cares what he has to say”. 


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4. To "ridicule on all possible occasions Henry Wallace" and 
link him to communism. 

5. To give prominence in newscasts to the scandals involving 
Maj, Gen. Bennett E. Meyers, "emphasizing the fact that he was a 

6. To play up unfavorable testimony regarding airplane builder 
Howard Hughes. 

7. To use "very little" on the Palestine situation, 

8. To "concoct a rumor that Edwin Pauley had Cabinet aspira¬ 
tions" . 

9. To show Gen Douglas MacArthur "to advantage at all times 

In reply, Robert 0. Reynolds, KMPC General Manager and 
Vice-President, declared that the dismissals had nothing to do with 
"differences in viewpoint in the treatment of the news," 

"Our complete file of newscasts", the station official 
continued, "is open for inspection and I am satisfied that, even 
with the closest of scrutiny, no bias or indication of slanting of 
news will be found in any of them." 



Shades of Mark Tv/ainl 

Mississippi River steamboats are now equipped with radio 
telephones, A new loOO-watt transmitter and companion receivers at 
the St. Louis station of the Radiomarine Corporation of America 
brings to listeners the voices of skippers as far away from St.Louis 
as Greenville, Mississippi, 700 miles down the river. Not only the 
range of the new facilities are revealed but the new eouipment shows 
how radiotelephone service has ended the sometimes hazardous isola¬ 
tion of craft plying America’s inland waterways in storms and dark¬ 

"Before the development of the radiotelephone", said Mr. 
Ugel, "vessels on the Mississippi and other rivers often encounter¬ 
ed serious communications difficulties,particularly in bad weather. 
For instance, to make an urgent telephone call it was necessary to 
find a landing, dock the vessel, and go ashore. But with radiotele¬ 
phone it now is possible for" the captain to pick up his telephone 
aboard ship and call us here at St. Louis. 7/e are able to connect 
him with any telephone operator in the United States." 

Some inouired as to the range of Radiomarine’s new facil¬ 
ities with respect to service on the Mississippi and its tributar¬ 
ies, and the reply was that the St, Louis station readily communicat¬ 
ed with vessels as far distant as St. Paul, Pittsburgh, and New 


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Three-quarters of the nation^s radio listeners would rath¬ 
er have broadcasting as it exists in this country in preference to 
payment of an annual fee, and an overwhelming majority of Americans 
do not want Government control of radio, according to Maurice 
Mitchell, General Manager, OTOP, who spoke before the V/omen’s 
Advertising Club, APRA, and men’s Advertising Club at the Washington 
Hotel, in Washington, D. C., today (March 17). 

Mr. Mitchell’s discussion was based on the findings of a 
nationwide survey of radio listening habits conducted by the National 
Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago. He stated that the 
study is the second national survey undertaken by the radio industry 
to ascertain listener reaction to program presentation. "The radio 
programs you hear nowadays", Mr. Mitchell said, "are pretty much the 
result of our having learned what the American people want to hear 
and what they will actually listen to when we broadcast our offer¬ 

He pointed out that 91 per cent of the nation’s homes are 
now equipped with at least one radio receiver, and that approximately 
half of the people reported that they relied on radio as their chief 
source of news. 

Striking at those critics who attack radio commercials, Mr. 
Mitchell stated that "the large majority of the audience is not op¬ 
posed to advertising on the air". In the survey, he pointed out, 
those who participated had an opportunity to vote on eight state¬ 
ments regarding radio commercials. Five of the statements criticiz¬ 
ed commercials, three commended them. Results of poll showed that 
the three statements which commended radio comjnercials received the 
highest "vote". 

The survey also brought out the favorite types of programs 
among listeners during both daytime and nighttime broadcasting. The 
first five choices for daytime listening are news, serial stories, 
religious programs, popular and dance music and home-making programs, 
At night, the five types of programs preferred are news, comedy, quiz 
and audience participation, popular and dance music and drama. 

Mystery plays, while they did not show up in the first five types, 
also proved to be highly popular, rating In seventh place. 

In discussing the listeners’ opposition to government con¬ 
trol of radio, Mr. Mitchell pointed out that the survey showed less 
than 10 per cent of those polled felt that radio should be run by 
the government. Such a reaction, he emphasized, "is a pretty firm 
’stay out’ order from the people." 

"We will continue this program of going to the listener for 
his verdict", Mr. Mitchell concluded. "In this respect we are unique 
among the mass media, but it is, in our opinion, the only way of 
finding what we need to know in order to live up to the high stand- 



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ards which we have set for ourselves. As long as the people are as 
generous in their praise as they have been, we will feel encouraged. 
As long as our critics continue to make suggestions from which all 
May benefit, we will continue to improve our product, 

’’The end result will be the refinement of the finest and 
soundest and most appreciated system of broadcasting in the world.” 



The complete technical program for the Spring Meeting of 
the RMA Engineering Department and the Institute of Radio Engineers, 
to be held April 26-28 in Syracuse, N.Y., has just been announced by 
Virgil M. Graham, Chairman of the Committee in charge. 

FM transmitter and antenna developments, new radio com¬ 
munications equipment, the New York-Boston microwave relay system, 
and radar aids to airline navigation are among the subjects to be 
discussed by radio engineers during the three-day conference. 

Other details of the program, including social sessions and 
committee meetings, will be announced later. Following is the tech¬ 
nical program; 

Monday, April 26 

”An Integrated Lins of FM Broadcast Transmitters” 

J, E. Young - Radio Cornoration of America 

”A New FM Antenna” 

H. J. Howland - The Workshop Associates, Inc, 

’’The Right V/ay to an RMA Standard” 

L.C.F. Horle - Chief Engineer, RMA Engineering Department 

’’Audio Frequency Measurements” 

H. H, Scott - Herman Hosmer Scott, Inc, 

Tuesday, April 27 

"Spectrum Analysis Applied to a Variable Speech Amplifier" 

R, Whittle - Federal Telephone & Radio Corporation 

’’Development and Application of Railroad VHF Communication 

Equipment - A, A, Curry - Farnsworth Television & Radio 

”A New Design of Point-to-Point Communicationa Equipment” 

Coleman London - Westinghouse Electric Corporation 

’’The Engineer and His Neighbor” 

E, Finley Carter - Sylvania Electric Products, Inc, 





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V/ednesday, April 28 

’’Lighthouse Tube Life" 

H, D, Doolittle ~ Machlett Laboratories, Inc. 

"A Review of Crystal Saver Circuits for VEF Receivers" 

Dr, H. W. Hedeman, Jr, - Bendix Radio, Division of Bendix 

Aviation Corporation 

"Commercial Applications of Klystrons" 

Coleman Dodd - Sperry Gyroscope Company, Inc. 

"A Broad Band Microwave Relay System Between New York And Boston" 

A. L. Durkee - Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc* 

"Radar As An Aid To Airline Navigation" 

R. C. Jensen - General Electric Company. 



An eight-acre site in Clinton tov/nship, just outside 
Columbus, has been taken under option for WLV/C, the 50 'KJN televi¬ 
sion station which the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation will erect 
this year to serve Central Ohio, 

The location must be approved by the Civil Aeronautics 
Authority before construction of an antenna can begin. The tower 
will be 590 feet high, and will carry television programs to an 
area at least 40 miles in radius* V/LWC will operate with an effect¬ 
ive power of 50,000 watts and has been assigned television channel 3, 
in the 60 to 66 megacycle band. 

The first Crosley video station V/L^A/T, is now operating in 
Cincinnati. Another, WLV/D, is scheduled for construction in Dayton 
this year. 



On the basis of preliminary financial reports, net time 
sales (after deducting commissions) of standard broadcast networks 
and stations during the calendar year 1947 increased by 5.6 percent 
over 1946, the Federal Communications Commission announced last week. 
Included in this comparison are the four nation-wide networks and 
their 10 key stations, three regional networks and 821 stations. 

In 1946, these 821 stations accounted for 94,0 percent of the net 
time sales of all stations. In order to achiev comparability, this 
summary is restricted to revenue experience of identical stations 
and networks. 

Net time sales reported by the four national networks and 
their 10 key stations (i.e., amount retained after payments to affil¬ 
iated stations) was $72,352,636, or an increase of three percent over 
the^amount reported for 1946. Reports from three regional networks 
indicate a one-percent increase in net time sales over 1946. 

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Radio Makers See Cut In *48 Exports 

("New York Times'*) 

A 25 to 50 per cent decrease in last year’s record volume 
of American radio receivers will occur this year as a result of sharp 
quotas imposed by importing nations, foreign dollar shortages and 
other factors, several industry spokesmen predicted last week. First 
figures on 1947 exports made available by the Radio Manufacturers’ 
Association indicate that 1,520,826 units were shipped, with a value 
of $53,537,043. 

The i'-portance of this narrowing of the export market lies 
in the possibility of widespread backing up of quality as well as off 
brands in the domestic market, according to local distributors and 
dealers. Despite maintenance of formal allocations by several top- 
brand manufacturers, many retailers and at least one important dis¬ 
tributor declared there is Intense competition on all types of 
radios "right now", 

lames E. Burke, Chairman of the Export Committee of RMA., 
estimated that volume of receiver exports is running at the rate of 
$4,000,000 monthly. He said he feels this rate will be cut by 50 
per cent before the end of the year. 

Mr, Burke based his contention on two factors - no relax¬ 
ation by importing countries of limited import perm*its for radio re¬ 
ceivers which they regard as nonessential, and shrinking dollar 
resources in these countries combined with attempts to set up their 
own receiver manufacturing industries. 

Voice Of Ame rica $6.000.000 Cut Called Short-Sighted 
” ("Editor & Publisher") 

The House Appropriations Committee certainly picked the 
wrong time to be economy-minded when it procosed to lop more than 
six million dollars off the $34 million budget asked by the State 
Department for information activities and radio broadcasts abroad. 
This country cannot afford to be economy-minded on this item at the 
present time. 

Our government proposes to spend 5.3 billion dollars in 
the first year of the European Recovery Program to stem the westward 
creeping tide of Russian intimidation. The requested $34 million is 
only one-half of one percent of the ERP expenditure - not too much to 
spend on explaining to the peoples of Europe how we are tryint to 
help them, 

Russia spends 10 to 15 times as much as we do on direct 
propaganda attacking ERP and the motives of our government. One-half 
of one percent is not too much of a sales expense for telling the 
truth about ourselves abroad, 




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E, F> McDonald, Jr. Ur^es U.S> To Renew Rights To Greenland 

(A letter to the editor of the Chicago Daily News from 

Commander McDonald, radio manufacturer and explorer.) 

I don’t know who wrote the very excellent editorial on 
Wednesday, Feb. 25, under the heading ”As We See It” but I find 
that writer has some misinformation on what our deal was with the 
Danish government for the Virgin Islands. I am not surprised at 
this misinformation as I found, in 1943, neither President Roosevelt, 
Admiral Leahy nor limmy Byrnes knew what the facts were. 

It is true that we paid $25,000,000 in cash but the Danes 
drove a hard bargain. It will pay your editorial writer to look up 
the facts of that deal. He will find that as a consideration and in 
the treaty we paid not only $25,000,000 for the Virgin Islands but we 
also signed away all our rights to Greenland - which by all the rules 
of exploration we, the United States, owned, although we never had 
exercised sovereignty. Because of that deal, Greenland is the only 
country in the Western Hemisphere where a U.S. vessel cannot land 
without permission from the crown, except in stress of weather. 

Greenland, in my opinion, is one of the most strategic 
pieces of land in the Western Hemisphere. We not only should not 
have signed away our rights to Greenland but we should now acauire 
it. It happens to be underpopulated and self-supporting and there 
is a wealth of mineral resources in Greenland as well as it being the 
only Source of natural cryolite in the world. Cryolite is needed to 
extract aluminum from bauxite. 

In 1925 I loaded my vessel, way north of the Arctic circle, 
with coal which was almost shoveled off the top of the ground, Green¬ 
land was once a tronical country and we found in the far north the 
fossils of the giant Sequoia. Its mineral resources really have not 
been tapped, 

I talked with President Roosevelt, Admiral Leahy and Jimmy 
Byrnes during the war about our acauiring Greenland but they said we 
had promised to take no loot - but they all agreed, after hearing the 
story of Greenland, that Denmark at the end of the war probably 
would be broke and we might make another ’’Alaska purchase”. 

Goebbels In Last Frenzy Himself Screamed Over The Radio 

(H.R. Trevor-Roper in ’’New York Times”) 

Ultimately the philosophy of Goebbels reached its logical 
end. Unable to rest, having been through everything and disbelieved 
in everything and lost everything, he could aim only at destruction; 
and his radicalism, which allov/ed him to do nothing incompletely, 
dictated total destruction. 

In the last days of the war, Goebbels, through his numer¬ 
ous engines, through Radio Berlin and Radio Werewolf, and with his 
own voice as he paced up and down in the bunker in Berlin, preached 
the gospel of nihilism.” 




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T. A* M. Craven of the Cowles Broadcasting Company, and 
General Manager of Station WOL in Washington, is on a business trip 
for Cowles that will take him to Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston and 
Des Moines, 

Ex-Senator Burton K, V/heeler, A Democrat, former Chairman 
of the Senate Interstate Commerce (Radio) Committee, who himself ran 
as v-p candidate on a third party ticket with old Senator Bob 
LaFollette, was quoted as saying he thinks the Administration is 
underestimating the size of the Wallace vote. Senator Wheeler be¬ 
lieves 90^ of the Wallace vote will come from the Democrats and that 
any split in the Democratic party will make it difficult for the 
Democrats to win. 

The Toledo Blade Company has been designated for an FCC 
hearing on an application for a new station to operate on 1470 kc., 

1 KV/, unlimited time, DA, in a consolidated proceeding with applica¬ 
tions of the Continental Broadcasting Co. and the Midwestern Broad¬ 
casting Company, 

Metro-Goldwyn-I"ayer will begin operation of a West Coast 
frequency modulation radio transmitter in May under the call KMGM, 
the studio announced last week. The new transmitter and an associat¬ 
ed broadcasting studio will be located at the summit of Coldwater 
Canyon, between Beverly Hills and North Hollywood, and, because of 
the transmitter’s elevation, the project is regarded in the trade as 
a possible precursor of Metro’s entry into the television field. 

Frank Stanton, President of the Columbia Broadcasting System 
has been appointed Chairman of the Radio Section of the 1948 Red 
Cross Drive for Greater New York, 

Effective with the changeover from Pacific Standard to 
Daylight Saving Time in California last Sunday, all programs broad¬ 
cast over the Don Lee and other stations in California are now heard 
one hour later than the Standard Time schedule. 

Stations in Oregon, V/ashington, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona 
are not affected by this change. 

On ’’Information Please” recently Artur Rubinstein, the pian¬ 
ist, proved to be the life of the party. One of the questions asked 
was: ”What is the difference between an Archduke and a Grand Duke*^” 
Rubinstein spoke up saying: ’’They were the same. An Arch 
Duke was Austrian and a Grand Duke Russian, It doesn’t make much 
difference at this time as neither rank exists. I would not like to 
think of any royalties now outside of Petrillo’s.” 


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■ Joseph H. Ream, Executive Vice President of the Columbia 
Broadcasting System, will speak on ’’Should the Broadcaster Editorial¬ 
ize?" tomorrow (Thursday, March 18) at the luncheon meeting of the 
Radio Executives Club of New York. 

Capt. David R. Hull, U.S. Navy (Retiree), who has been 
closely identified with electronic research and radar development 
for the Navy during the past 23 years, the last two years as Assist¬ 
ant Chief of the Bureau of Ships for Electronics, has been appointed 
Assistant Technical Director of the International Telephone and 
Telegraph Corporation, 

The signing of three new contracts for the delivery of RCA 
5-kilowatt television transmitters ans associated ecuipment was 
announced this week by the RCA Engineering Products Department, 

These RCA TT-5A television transmitters and associated 
broadcast equipment will be delivered to the following stations: 
liVFBM (V/FBM, Inc.), Indianapolis; V/LWC (The Crosley Broadcasting Com¬ 
pany), Columbus, Ohio; and (The Youngstown vindicator), Youngs¬ 

town, Ohio, 

An increase in the net selling price of the 906 FM-AM sig¬ 
nal generator, manufactured by McMurdoSilver Company, Inc,, in Hart¬ 
ford, Conn., from |99.50 to |116.50 was announced March 14th. A 
company spokesman said the increase was necessary to cover the rise 
in costs of labor and materials. 

Admiral Corporation - For 1947: Net profit, $2,248, 186, 
equal to $2.50 a common share, against $1,888,625 or -|2,io in 1946, 
Total sales were $47,898,938, compared with $36,169,850. 

The Don Lee Broadcasting System, La Jolla, California, 
has applied for a construction permit for a new commercial televi¬ 
sion station at La Jolla, Calif., to be operated on Channel ^6, 82-88 
megacycles, ERP of Visual power, 20 kilowatts, Aur. 10 kilowatts. 

Dr. John A. Hutcheson, who during war helped direct the 
radar research program, has been named Director of V/estinghouse 
Electric Corp.’s Research Laboratories, 

An application of Frank Sinatra, the bobby-six broadcaster, 
for a new standard broadcast station at Palm Springs, California, 
has been dismissed by the FCC "at the request of the applicant". 

Every FM radio station in the country last Thursday was 
asked by the FT.^ Association to adopt and use frequently the slogan, 

"Be Sure Your New Radio Has FM," 

In letters to all W. broadcasters, J. N,(Bill) Bailey, FMA 
Executive Director, said: "We ask you to adopt the slogan and use it. 
You’ll help yourself by creating greater public demand for Hi sets 
and that means more listeners for you," 










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Petrillo Pact Big TV Boost; Symphonies First Under Wire.1 

"Now Curtain Can Go Up On Greatest Show On Earth" ~ Mullen...3 

"More See Truman By TV, One Evening, Than Ever Saw Lincoln".5 

FTC Dismisses Charge Of Misrepresentation Against Philco..........6 

A. T. & T. Files Rate For Television Network,..........7 

First Certificate Given To Make Citizens Walkie-Talkie.7 

International Changes V/ill Not Affect Domestic Frequencies.,.8 

Montgomery Ward Will Comply With Radio Trade Practices.9 

CBS, NBC, Trammell In "Variety" Awards For 1947.............10 

FCC Chairman Spoofs Radio Engineers For Speech Advice.11 

FCC Suggests Chicago Taxi Company Not Move So Fast.1£ 

CBS Offers To Give Presidential Candidates A Free Ride.12 

Coast Guard Purchases 5 Radio Stations From Radiomarine Corp.12 

Scissors And Paste......13 

Trade Notes... is 

No. 1817 



March 24, 1940 


Petrillo’s letting down the bars allowing live musicians 
to appear in television broadcasts was of tremendous - one might al¬ 
most say vital - importance to television. It was a foregone con¬ 
clusion that telecasters upon receiving the unexpected Petrillo 
flash would jump at the opportunity to enlarge their sphere of enter¬ 
tainment. It was a surprise, however, that the first under the wire 
would be two major networks each offering a great symphony orchestra. 
Hardly had the pact been signed than it was announced that the 
National Broadcasting Company would lead the procession and at the 
same time make history by televising Arturo Toscanini for the eastern 
TV net, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, at its regular 
concert at 6:30 o’clock last Saturday evening. 

In this, however, NBC had not reckoned v;ith its rival the 
Columbia Broadcasting System which let it be known that it would put 
Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra on at Mr. 
Ormandy’s Saturday afternoon broadcast at 5 P.M., an hour and a half 
earlier than Toscanini, to be picked up by the Philadelphia Bulletin 
CBS outlet WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, and also carried by V7CBS-TV in 
New York, 

And so it came about that the Petrillo television revival 
began with outstanding offerings of classical music, two as fine 
symphony orchestras as there are in the world. Furthermore, Mark 
Woods, President of the American Broadcasting Company stated that al¬ 
ready ABC was planning to televise the Metropolitan Opera performances 
which would be another great victory for the classical performers. 

Addressing the studio audience at NBC in New York, David 
Sarnoff, Chairman of the Board of the Radio Corporation of America, 

’’Tonight, for the first time in our history, we are televis¬ 
ing the great music of Wagner, the great interpretive genius of 
Toscanini and the skilled playing of his gifted artists in the orches¬ 
tra. Never before, in the history of the world, was such a triumph 
possible. This represents the realization of a dream; a dream we have 
dreamed for 25 years or more. And so tonight, the magic of science 
combines with the glory of the arts to bring to countless people in 
their own homes, over the wings of the radio waves, this program of 
great music and all it means. What a joy it is that this can be done 
while our beloved Maestro Toscanini is still a young manl*** (Laughter) 

’’Those of us who have been privileged to attend in person 
these concerts at this studio, may be interested to know that the 
total number of people who have attended over the entire period of 
the last ten years represents less than ten per cent of the number of 
people who will be able to see and hear Maestro Toscanini and the NBC 
Symphony Orchestra during the following one hour. And this is only 
the beginning’.” 




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Just before Mr. Ormandy raised his hands to conduct the 
orchestra in Philadelphia, William S. Paley, CBS Chairman of the 
Board, appeared on the television screen. He spoke briefly from the 
New York studios, now being rebuilt as what it is said will be the 
largest television studio plant in the country. 

”At this very moment, CBS Television cameramen and engineers 
in the Academy Of Music in Philadelphia are about to bring you a 
concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra”, he said. ”It is with pride 
and pleasure that I tell you this, for it marks a major new achieve¬ 
ment in the expanding service of television. 

”It is the first time that a symphony orchesta will be tele- 
fi vised - and the first time also that such a program will be brought 
to you by network television from another city.” 

Mr. Ormandy then was caught up by the camera as he raised 
his hands to lead the orchestra in the Overture to "Der Freishutz” 
by Von Weber. 

The television audience then saw Harl McDonald, manager of 
The Philadelphia Orchestra, and intermission commentator and himself 
a noted composer, speak briefly about Sergei Rachmaninoff, whose 
work was played in the second portion of the program. He spoke 
movingly about the late Russian composer, about his life and his 
devotion to The Philadelphia Orchestra and its conductor, Mr. Ormandy. 

Viewing the performance from New York, Howard Taubman of 
the New York Times , wrote: 

”When the announcer spoke between numbers, Mr. Toscanini 
could be seen fussing with his cuffs, tugging at his lapels, mopping 
his brow and nervously gripping his baton. Even in these pauses in 
the music, the screen had entertainment to offer. 

"For the hundreds of thousands who saw Mr. Toscanini in 
action for the first time, his dynamic energy was a revelation. The 
conductor will be 81 next Thursday and he has been conducting for 
sixty-two years. In that career he has directed many hundreds of 
times the excerpts from Wagner^s works that he played yesterday, but 
there was no diminution of intensity or devotion to the music. 

”Mr. Ormandy and his orchestra were also interesting to see, 
as well as hear in a program that included a work by Weber and 
Rachmaninoff♦s fifty-year-old First Symphony, which had not been 
played in this country before until last week. The cameras here 
also ranged over the various sections of the orchestra, emphasizing 
shots of the women musicians. 

”The close-ups of Mr. Ormandy were illuminating, and one was 
amusing. At one point, probably unaware that the camera was catch¬ 
ing it, he popped something into his mouth with his left hand and 
began to chew. One wonders what a conductor chev/s during a Rachman¬ 
inoff symphony; is it lozenges, cough drops or jelly beans?” 

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Jubilant were negotiators for the four networks whose ef¬ 
forts were rewarded by the biggest concessions ever made by 
Petrillo, one of labor’s very toughest bargainers. Those represent¬ 
ing the chains were Mark Woods, President of the American Broadcast¬ 
ing Company, Frank E. Mullen, Executive Vice-President of the 
National Broadcasting Company, Joseph H. Ream, Executive Vice-Presi¬ 
dent of the Columbia Broadcasting System, and Theodore C. Streibert, 
President of WOR, New York, outlet for the Mutual Broadcasting System. 

’’Recognizing the economic condition of the television broad¬ 
caster at the present time with high costs confronting him on every 
side, the action of Mr. Petrillo in promising to provide the services 
of the members of the Federation at reasonable rates and working con¬ 
ditions is most encouraging”, said Mr. Mullen, who almost stole the 
show by presenting Mr. Petrillo with a shiny new trumpet. ”I am 
certain that the development of television in the United States will 
provide new and additional employment to the members of the Federa¬ 

”We have been assured of the full cooperation of the union 
in the creation of a complete television service to the nation. It 
is my hope that the other unions involved in our industry will like¬ 
wise cooperate to the end that television service may be expanded 
rapidly to reach all the homes in the country. 

"The Federal Communications Commission first gave the green 
light to television. Mr. Petrillo and the American Federation of 
Musicians have now put the orchestra in the pit so that the curtain 
can go up on what will inevitably be the greatest shov/ on earth.” 

’’The action of the American Federation of Musicians in mak¬ 
ing musicians available for television broadcasting provides further 
impetus for television as a whole and, in particular, will be of sub¬ 
stantial aid in Columbia’s plans for greatly expanded television pro¬ 
gramming to feed the CBS television network”, Mr. Ream declared. 

”V7ith work under way on the largest television studio plant 
in the nation, CBS intends to utilize live musicians in its varied 
program schedule from these studios. In addition, special events 
television broadcasts v/ill be enriched by music from the scene of the 

’’The spirit of cooperation which marked these negotiations 
brings credit to the American Federation of Musicians and Mr. 
Petrillo in their sincere efforts to work with the broadcasters in 
guaranteeing the rapid development of the newest radio forms. It 
is gratifying to see both labor and management move together towards 
a brilliant future for television, 'Flu and Standard broadcasting in 
America”, L/lr. Woods stated. 

”I am confident that the last barrier on music presenta¬ 
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G, Bennett Larson, Director of WCAU-CBS TV in Philadelphia, 
declared as a result of the success of the Philadelphia Orchestra 
television broadcast Saturday, purchasers would be clamoring for 
sets beyond the productive capacity of the manufacturers. 

’*We used to hope that this area would have 125,000 receiv¬ 
ers within three years”, said Mr. Larson, "but now, thanks to the 
Petrillo green light on music, I believe that figure will be reached 
or passed, in less than eighteen months.” 

"The agreement between the four networks and the American 
Federation of Musicians clearly represents a strategic retreat on the 
part of James C. Petrillo”, an editorial in The New York Times says. 
"In continuing the status quo in radio for three years and promis¬ 
ing reasonable conditions for the burgeoning television art, the 
union leader has bowed to the realities of the new federal labor 
legislation which his own acts in part helped to prompt. If only 
because it comes from an unexpected quarter, his conciliatory atti¬ 
tude is as significant as it is welcome. 

"Mr. Petrillo obviously faced a difficult problem from his 
own standpoint and it would seem to his credit that he met it candid¬ 
ly. Since passage of the Taft-Hartley and Lea Laws, many radio sta¬ 
tions have dismissed their musicians on the grounds that they did 
not have need for their services. Had this trend extended to the net¬ 
works, it would have been a serious reverse for the union. Mr. 
Petrillo’s concern was in maintaining the gains he had previously 
achieved. That he did not feel the present hour propitious for new 
conquests of an economic nature would seem to have an importance 
transcending the realm of broadcasting. 

"In exchange for winning job security on the networks, ¥x, 
Petrillo in turn had to make substantial concessions. He agreed to 
’a freeze’ on radio’s pay scales and he lifted his ban on the use of 
instrumentalists in television, an event which will be formally 
signalized this evening by Arturo Toscanini’s debut before the video 

"All in all, both Mr. Petrillo and the network representa¬ 
tives would seem to have provided a demonstration of true collective 
bargaining which in the long run should benefit the industry and the 
union alike. It is a lesson which could be copied with profit in 
fields other than music. 


Justin Miller, President of the National Association of 
Broadcasters, said of the Petrillo network-AFM agreement: "I am 
happy to observe that the negotiations have reached a successful 
culmination. This shows, clearly, that broadcasters and musicians 
can work out solutions of their "problems without heat or emotion and 
to their mutual benefit," 



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Thus spoke David Sarnoff, Chairman of the Board of the 
Radio Corporation of America, in Washington last Friday at a dinner 
given by the Newcomen Society honoring Thomas A, Edison, 

"As the 1948 presidential campaign approaches, television 
will enable political candidates to achieve even more intimate con¬ 
tact with the voters", General Sarnoff declared. "Extensive plans 
are being made to televise the national political conventions that 
will be held this Summer in Philadelphia. Candidates now are being 
seen on the a-ir along the Atlantic Seaboard from Washington to 
Boston and upstate Nev; York, 

'•More Americans have seen President Truman by television in 
one evening, than saw Lincoln during his entire term in the White 
House. In 1861, the population of this country numbered 38,000,000* 
Today more than that number of people live within the areas already 
covered by television," 

Paying eloquent tribute to Edison, General Sarnoff said it 
may not be generally known that Edison provided the clue which ulti¬ 
mately led to the development of the electron tube - basis of the 
vast radio-electronic industry and as important to modem radio and 
television as the electric lamp is to lighting, 

"One of the most inspiring sights on this earth is New York 
City at twilight, when electricity replaces the setting sun and turns 
the metropolis into a veritable fairyland of light. Everywhere we 
look - in every lighted window and on every lighted street - we see 
the glory of Edison." 

The Government is to be congratulated, Mr, Sarnoff said, for 
the encouragement which it is giving to the advance of science through 
the scientific training of young men and women in colleges, univer¬ 
sities and research institutions throughout the country. He remarked 
that if, out of the thousands of young men and women who are now pur¬ 
suing scientific studies, there "emerges one Edison, then the mil¬ 
lions of dollars being devoted to their training will be well worth¬ 

Envisioning the changes television will bring about in pol¬ 
itical campaigning. General Sarnoff continued: 

"As radio compelled political candidates to alter their 
time-worn techniques and tactics, so too will television vastly 
change political strategy. The candidate is more than ever in the 
spotlight. He cannot hide behind a microphone with his eyes cast 
down on the printed manuscript. No longer is he a disembodied orat¬ 
or, He must look into the television camera and speak to the people 
face to face. His appearance, his smile, his gestures, combine with 
the Sound of his voice to complete the transmission of his personal¬ 
ity - and it is that complete personality with which the voter will 
become acquainted," 



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To illustrate the latest prerequisite of a political aspir¬ 
ant, General Sarnoff told how the wife of a candidate, watching her 
husband await the television camera, suggested that he "smile and 
be photogenic." — "You mean telegenic!" her husband exclaimed. 

As time goes on. General Sarnoff stated, there will be less 
necessity for candidates to travel. In his opinion, television will 
take them "directly into every city and every home." 

General Sarnoff, asserting that at no time in history has 
science been so woven into the pattern of everyday life, said: 

"Every country is aware that to advance — yes, even to 
survive — it must cultivate science. Our national security depends 
upon science.... scientific preparedness is vital in a world over 
which robot rockets can fly at 3,000 miles an hour! 

"A few years ago, the headlines featuring military prepared¬ 
ness stressed ’a race of armaments’. But the bitter lessons of war 
have taught us that science in many instances overcomes armament. 
Throughout the world the race of science is on, and the pace is fast* 
A nation that is slow to meet this challenge imperils its security," 



A proceeding in which Philco Corp., Philadelphia, was charg¬ 
ed with misrepresentation in the sale of radio receiving sets was 
closed by the Federal Trade Commission after receiving proof that 
the corporation, in compliance with trade practice rules for the 
radio receiving set manufacturing industry, has abandoned the prac¬ 
tices ^ challenged by the complaint. At the same time, the complaint 
was dismissed as to Philco Radio and Television Corp., also of 
Philadelphia, which has been dissolved. 

The complaint charged the companies with misrepresenting the 
number of tubes contained in Philco sets and their power and capacity 
for foreign reception. 

In viev7 of the record and the fact that there is "adequate 
reason" to believe that the abandoned practices will not be resumed, 
the Commission held that "the public interest does not require fur¬ 
ther corrective action in the matter at this time", but it reserved 
the right to reopen the case and to take appropriate action should 
the practices involved be resumed in the future. 

The Commission’s action was takp.n after consideration of a 
motion filed by Philco Corp* asking dismissal of the complaint. All 
the Commissioners participated in the decision. 



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The American Telephone & Telegraph Company announced yester¬ 
day (Tuesday) a proposed rate of $35 a month per air mile for its 
television network: facilities, 

Bartlett T, Miller, Vice-President in charge of the company's 
Long-Lines Department, said the proposed rate will be filed with the 
Federal Communications Commission next week. They would become ef¬ 
fective May 1, 

The Bell System's coaxial cable between Washington and New 
York and radio relay between New York and Washington have been made 
available to television broadcasters without charge thus far. They 
were classified as experimental, 



The Federal Communications Commission has issued the first 
certificate of type approval for equipment to be used in the Citizens 
Radio Service. It has approved a radio transceiver designed by the 
Citizens Radio Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, to operate on the fre¬ 
quency of 465 megacycles. 

Tests conducted in the Commission’s Laboratory at Laurel, 
Maryland, indicate this unit’s ability to comply with the provisions 
of Part 19 of the Commission’s Rules Governing the Citizens Radio 
Service. The entire apparatus weighs approximately Eg- pounds, with 
batteries, and is comparable in size to a camera and carrying case. 

The issuance of this type-approval certificate is the result 
of several years of endeavor on the part of both industry and the 
Commission, and presages the advent of a new service which will be 
available to individual citizens for personal use in the band 460- 
470 Me. 

Because eouipment particularly adapted for this service has 
not been generally available to the public, those stations now in 
operation are authorized as Class 2 experimental stations. However, 
the initial approval forecasts the early availability of manufactur¬ 
ed units suitable for this service, and the Commission has under 
consideration the establishment of additional rules to provide for 
simplified licensing for operation by individuals. 

The certificate of type approval was issued pursuant to the 
Citizens Radio Service rules, effective December 1, 1947, which pro¬ 
vide for such a procedure in order to permit the manufacture of suit' 
able equipment prior to the promulgation of additional provisions 
establishing regular licensing. Provisions governing private short- 
distance communication, radio signaling, and control of objects by 
radio are in preparation. 



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Within the limitations imposed by the physical laws govern¬ 
ing propagation of radio energy and the economic factors involved, 
the possible uses of this service are as broad as the imagination of 
the public and the ingenuity of equipment manufacturers can devise* 

(Editor’s Note: According to Thomas Kennedy, Tr,, of the 
New York Times , the new ’’Walkie-talkies” will cost between $30 and 



Addressing the Institute of Radio Engineers in annual con¬ 
vention in New York Tuesday (March 23), Wayne Coy, Chairman of the 
Federal Communications Commission discussed various phases of the 
radio and communications situation. Mr* Coy said, in part; 

’’The target date for the new International Frequency List 
to go into effect is September 1 of next year - 1949. That date will 
be one of the big milestones in radio. It will be the day the 
Atlantic City Radio Regulations become completely effective. 

”It will make the change-over from the old frequencies and 
the old regulations which were adequate when they were adopted at 
Cairo 10 years ago, but have since been outmoded by the accelerated 
speed of recent technical developments, 

’’For tens of thousands of radio stations around the world, 
that day will be F-Day - when they shift to new freouencies. It 
will be a day of sweeping changes for stations employing long dis¬ 
tance or ’high’ frequencies. 

’’Now, I don’t want to start a panic among American broad¬ 
casters or American radio listeners. So I want to make it as plain 
as a pikestaff - clear beyond a shadow of a doubt - that these changes 
do not affect this nation’s domestic broadcasting frequencies," 

’’Many new uses of radio were provided for in the Commission’s 
1945 frequency plan* 

’’One of these new uses, for example, was the Citizens Radio 
Service - a personal, short-range two-way radio service in the 460- 
470 megacycle bend for use by the general public. The Commission has 
just given its type approval to the first transceiver for this new 
service. This means that as soon as this first type-approved set 
gets into production, the public can start enjoying this new type of 
radio service. Having given type approval, the Commission will make 
it very simple to get a station license.” * * * 

’’Now the Commission has certain powers under the Communica¬ 
tions Act, but in the final analysis, the Commission is merely the 
sounding board of the desires of the public; therefore, the Commis¬ 
sion must and does approach problems of this kind from the stand¬ 
point of what appears to be in the public interest,convenience and 


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’’The first consideration in appraising the future use of 
this upper spectrum is an evaluation of the principal services for 
which spectrum space has been provided.'** * ♦ * 

”We know the American public accepts television and it is 
the duty of the Commission to provide allocations so all the people 
may receive this service. 

”I can be more explicit. A solution of the present sharing 
arrangements will not serve to make the available television frequen¬ 
cies any more adequate for ’a truly nation-wide and competitive 
system of television’ than they are now. If my predictions come 
true, I expect to see all television channels in the nation’s 140 
metropolitan areas assigned within the next twleve months. 

’’Can we be satisfied with a metropolitan television system 
in the United States'^ I cannot conceive that anyone can answer that 
question in the affirmative. If we cannot devise plans for ’a truly 
nation-wide, competitive system* of television for the next genera¬ 
tion, we are not worth our salt. 

’’But when are we going to get at the job? How will we 
approach the task? Who is going to take the initiative? 

’’Someone may say to me, ’V/hy doesn’t the Commission move 
ahead?’ And assuming that I have been asked such a question, let 
me reply - at least in part. 

”In the first place, the Commission has pointed out the pre¬ 
sent inadequacy of channels. Secondly, it has pointed out the im¬ 
portance of adequate experimentation in the high band. And I now 
want to point out that the Commission has not had made available to 
it adequate information as to the characteristics of the ’so-called 
high band television’ (475 to 890 megacycles) to enable it to write 
detailed standards for such a service. We at the Commission must 
look to the industry for more rapid developments in this area. It 
is an urgent matter. Soon all presently available frequencies will 
be assigned. Even then many people who want television service and 
who should have it will not be able to get it. Hundreds of broad¬ 
casters who want to get into the television business will not be 
able to do so. Are you and we going to sit heavily while this 



The Federal Trade Commission closed without prejudice the 
proceeding in which its complaint charged Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc. 
Chicago, with misrepresentation in the sale of radio receiving sets. 

Montgomery Ward indicated its intention to comply with trade 
practice rules promulgated by the Commission for the radio receiving 
set manufacturing industry, and its current advertising conforms to 
such rules, the closing order recites, adding that "in the circum¬ 
stances the public interest does not reouire further corrective ac¬ 
tion in the matter at the present time." 

The case was closed upon Montgomery Ward’s motion to dismiss 
the complaint, which alleged the respondent falsely represented that 
Its radio sets were equipped for television and contained more fully- 
functioning tubes than was the case. 

All the Commissioners concurred in the decision. 





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The Colmnbia Broadcasting System came in for sports com¬ 
mendation and the National Broadcasting Company for industry leader¬ 
ship in the television awards of Variety Magazine for 1947* Niles 
Trammell, President of NBC, came in for the following special award: 

"For executing the new "Accent On Youth” facelift within 
the NBC organization during 1947, ’Variety* salutes the network’s 
President. In the realignment of executive functions which gave NBC 
a new streamlined format, and shook the cobwebs out of network think¬ 
ing, Trammell projected into the spotlight a more courageous element 
who had served their rolled-sleeves regimes, to help shape policies 
and rid the web of outmoded taboos, 

"On several counts Trammell emerged as an industry kingpin, 
particularly exemplified by his initiative at last Fall’s NAB con¬ 
vention in Atlantic City, where he spearheaded the ill-fated campaign 
to give the industry a hard-hitting Code of commercial standards." 

Among others receiving special awards was Drew Pearson of 
the American Broadcasting Company for proposing the Friendship Train. 

Included in the stations singled out for showmanagement was 
V/SB, Atlanta,, under the management of Leonard Reinsch, of which 
Variety said: 

"Cut through the clever lively promotion and there’s good 
nourishing meat of accomplishment - plenty of it, too. Its arteries 
are still supple after 25 years. * * * * a special bow for this deep 
South station which pledges among other things:'"To fight for a man*s 
right^to worship, regardless of his creed ... To help every man be 
a citizen, regardless of his color ... To expose the little Hitlers 
who seek to fashion a government to their own ends or counter to 
American ideals.’ This is talk Variety likes." 

Station V/GBS, Miami, call letters of which are the initials 
of Commander George B. Storer, President of the Fort Industry Company 
operating it, drew forth this praise: 

"Traditional Southern hospitality spelled out d-e-m-o-c-r- 
a-c-y for this Florida station. Making ’foreign* residents share 
in the local government was its self-assigned chore,. When a knock- 
down-dragout developed over the city managership, it made the mike 
a non-exclusive platfornu Every group had its say; confidence was 
restored in the municipal regime-." 


"The Right Of Radio To Editorialize"., statement of Frank 
Stanton., President of the Columbia Broadcasting System, before the 
Federal Communications Commission on March 1, has been reprinted in 
booklet form and is being mailed by the network to public opinion 
leaders, editors, publishers, advertisers, agencies and stations. 

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Chairman Wayne Coy in one of his first speeches since becom¬ 
ing head of the Federal Communications Commission, took time out to 
"kid” the dignified Institute of Radio Engineers Institute on the 
technical advice it had to give the speakers at the current New York 

”I would like to say first of all that in planning my talk 
here today I have tried to abide by your new rules for giving a 
technical paper”, said Chairman Coy, who at times is far from coy. 

”I studied these new rules in an article in the current issue of the 
IRE Proceedings. I studied them diligently because I do have some 
important problems to discuss and I want to do it in the very best 
IRE manner, 

”The first rule, this writer says, is to avoid ^soporific 
monotony’• Now that rule has caused me some trouble - and you will 
see what I mean before I am finished, I’m afraid. 

’’Next, he says, the speaker should avoid ’unfamiliar words’, 

I hate to quarrel with such an undoubted authority on the subject, 
but frankly, I don’t believe that if a paper doesn’t have soporific 
monotony or unfamiliar words, you can call it a technical paper. It 
wouldn’t he the real thing. It would be counterfeit, 

’’Among the ways to avoid this ’soporific monotony’, accord¬ 
ing to^this author, is to open up with a startling statement, a 
rhetorical question, a quotation or a humorous story. I have made 
an honest effort. I have^wracked my brain but I cannot for the life 
of me think of any startling statement, rhetorical question, quota¬ 
tion or humorous story appropriate for a gathering of radio engineers. 

”I know a lot of funny stories about college professors, 
doctors, undertakers, lawyers, and a lot more about bureaucrats - 
many of which I have heard from you. But I never heard one about 
radio engineers. Radio engineers simply are not funny people. They 
are people. But they are not funny. 

”In fact, the New York Times had one of its observers make a 
study of the species recently. He published his findings the other 
day. He stated that radio engineers are (and I quote) ’laconic, and 
cynical, comnetent and steady.’ (And that’s the end of the quote but 
not all of the study,) 

’’Now I ask you, how v/ould anyone go about startling or amus¬ 
ing people like that‘s People who are ’laconic and cynical, compet¬ 
ent and steady’? 

”So I have reluctantly given up the idea of delivering a 
technical paper here today. Instead, I am going to chat with you 
about some of the fundamental problems that you radio engineers and 
the Federal Communications Commission have in common, I promise not 
to use any unfamiliar words. However, I am not issuing any guaran¬ 
tee against ’soporific monotony’, 




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The Federal Communications Commission considered a petition 
filed by the American Taxicab Association, of Chicago, requesting 
that the Commission refrain from assigning frecuencies in the 152- 
162 Me band for general mobile service by the American Telephone & 
Telegraph Co, until views of the Attorney General had been solicited. 

The FCC directed that the Association be advised: ’’The 
Commission believes that the submission to the Attorney General of 
any Question of the kind suggested in the petition would be premature 
at this time, because the nature of any question along the lines so 
suggested v/ill depend upon various facts which have not yet been 
determined by the Commission, namely, the services which will finally 
be established in the general mobile category, the number of freauen- 
cies which can be allocated to each, and the policies and rules and 
regulations which the Commission may adopt to govern the operation of 
such services.” The Commission has furnished the Anti-Trust Division 
of the Department of Justice with a copy of the petition, with reply 
of A. T. & T. and Association rejoiner, and will keep the Department 
advised of developments, 



Free network time was offered to seven candidates for 
presidential nominations Tuesday by the Columbia Broadcasting System 
during which to discuss their political views. The candidates, all 
of v;hom would have identical time, would be heard in a V/ednesday 
night series called ’’Presidential Timber”, beginning March 31, from 
10:30 to 10:45 o’clock, 



Five high-powered radio transmitters, embodying the latest 
engineering developments, have been delivered to the United States 
Coast Guard for use in its air-sea rescue service, Admiral Walter A. 
Buck, retired, new President of Radiomarine Corporation of America 
announced this week. 

Installation of two of the Radiomarine-designed stations 
has been completed - one at the Coast Guard Station on Fire Island, 
N.Y,,, and the other at the Coast Guard Radio Station, Alexandria, 

"From the aspect of safety at sea”, said Mr, Buck, "power¬ 
ful shore-based radio stations represent an extremely important 
factor in the transmission of distress signals, hurricane warnings, 
weather reports and for the overall coordination of rescue operations. 
With more and more aircraft flying over the oceans, they have become 

an essential part of air-sea communication networks for safety pur¬ 


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Radio Editorials "Should Be Absolutely Free** 

("V/ashington Post'*) 

Behind the question which the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion is now considering - whether to let broadcasters be advocates - 
lies a Question of fact. The crux of the matter is whether the sit¬ 
uation which impelled the FCC in 1941 to forbid radio editorials has 
been so radically altered by technological developments as to make 
that ban no longer necessary - whether, in short, the spectrum has 
been so expanded as to make the supply of radio freouencies ecual 
to or in excess of the demand for them. 

And it is worthy of note, we think, that the number of 
authorized radio stations is now far in excess of the number of 
English-language daily newspapers in the country. 

Thus, it may well be that competition in radio can now be 
counted upon to assure diversity and that the FCC can license all 
applicants who possess certain prescribed qualifications,* * * * 

And, as the President of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Dr. Frank 
Stanton, put it in testimony before the Commission, "These new radio 
voices, hundreds of them entering the market place of ideas, can help 
to invigorate democracy." 

If the FCC deems radio ripe for this freedom, it should 
grant it, we think, without strings. There would be no justification 
for limiting editorial time to 15 minutes a day as Nathan Straus of 
New York’s Station Vi/IiCA suggested. Neither would there be any war¬ 
rant for recuirements that equal time be allotted to spokesmen oppos¬ 
ed to the station’s stand. Where availability of freouencies makes 
it possible for radio to be free, it should be free absolutely. The 
listening public will require observance of standards of fair play. 
The tastes of the audience will limit the amount of time given to 
editorials. Many stations, we suspect, will not avail themselves of 
this freedome at all, if it is offered to them, knowing that the 
interested audience will at best be small. Moreover, most persons 
interested in editorial comment will want to read it, we think, 
rather than hear it. Nevertheless, those who believe that a free 
press is a means to the end of a free society must, it seems to us, 
desire for radio the same freedom that newspapers have possessed and 
prized since the inception of this Republic, 

Television Seen Crowding Radio Out 

(Martin Codel’s "Television Digest") 

You can take this as axiomatic, Mr. Broadcaster and Mr. 
Sponsor and Mr. Radio Manufacturer - when there’s a TV set in the 
house, the aural radio or radios generally remain silent while TV 
programs are showing. That goes for the previous evening hours, 
even Sunday nights, when listening fare is usually at its best. Ask 
any TV et owner. 


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V/hat does this mean to your business? It means fewer and 
fewer listeners as more and more TV receivers are installed. Assum¬ 
ing 275,000 TV sets in use in homes and public places thus far, the 
total doesn’t bulk large - yet. But consider these points taken 
from February edition of "Television Today", published by research- 
wise CBS: 

Hooper survey on Friday, Tune 6, 1947, showed average of 
54.5 sets in use during evening hours; another Hooper on Thursday, 
Nov. 13, showed 49.2 sets. Four to 7 persons per set were found by 
viewer surveys to be the average number during evening hours, though 
average family (in New York area) is.3.5 persons. Today’s TV aud¬ 
ience is a "multiple family audience". 

So divide that 275,000 by half (no* of sets turned on even¬ 
ings), assume a mean of 5.5 viewers per set, and even now - only the 
second year since post-war VT set production began, and with only 19 
stations in full operation - you have more than 750,000 viewers. Not 
a big figure, to be sure, compared to the total aural radio audience 
(37 million homes with radios) - but remember it’s growing every day. 
Best trade estimates are around 850,000 TV sets in use by end of this 
year, 2,500,000 at end of 1949, progressively more thereafter* 

The facts and the trend are as plain as that. All you need 
to do to convince yourself, if you’re fortunate enough to live with¬ 
in range of a T^/’ station, is install a TV set in your home, then mark 
what happens to your own and your family’s radio habits. 

Newspapers Advised To Credit, Not Overdo 'W Picture Lifting 

(Jerry Walker in ’^Editor & ^'ublisher”) 

Publishers might save themselves some legal headaches if 
they would post on editorial room bulleting boards a notice to this 
effect: "When using a picture taken from a television tube or 

screen, be sure to give credit to the broadcaster; and don’t use too 

The advice comes free of fee, from Joseph A. McDonald, Vice- 
President and general attorney of the American Broadcasting Co. He 
has been making a special study of the legal problems of television 
lately; that’s why his opinion was sought on the nuestion which is 
being asked in many an editorial room. 

"Can a newspaper just help itself to a picture which appears 
on a television set*?" 

The boys in the photographic departments have devised the 
method for picking up pictures this way. It involves some tricky 
and ingenious camera work,- but it’s being done successfully; so much 
so that some of the picture syndicates are playing around with the 
idea of speeding up their service by copying the tele images. 

McDonald warned that there may be several legal complexit¬ 
ies all depending upon a certain set of facts in each case. Legal 
principles laid dovm in the famed AP-INS suit involving property 
rights in news, and again in the AP case against KVOS still apply, 
in the broad sense,'to television pictures, ABC’s Blackstone believes. 

Aside from the Question of property rights, there is the 
matter of unfair competition. If a broadcaster felt he was injured 
by the snatching of a telecast picture and publication without cred¬ 
it, he might sue the newspaper or picture service on the ground it 
profited from an enterprise in which he spent oodles of brains and 


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High fidelity music from FM radio station WEFM, operated in 
Chicago by Zenith Radio Corporation, will soon be heard through 
central and southern V/isconsin by direct radio relay through Univer¬ 
sity stations V/HAD in Delafield and WHA-FM in Madison, it was announc¬ 
ed last week by Ted Leitzell, Manager of the Zenith station. Tests 
have been in progress for the past month, he said, and a regular 
relay schedule will begin before April 1. 

A new lightning arrestor, designed to fit quickly and eas¬ 
ily into television and ¥11 receiver installations, has been develop¬ 
ed and is now being marketed by the RCA Tube Department. 

The arrestor can be mounted on any indoor water pipe by 
means of its flexible metal ground strap. No separate ground wire 
is required. Suggested list price of the new lightning arrestor, 
which will sell through RCA Tube Distributors, is $1.25. 

The American Broadcasting Company's gross time sales con¬ 
tinue to set new high records during the first quarter of this year, 
even as they did for the full year 1947. 

Gross time sales of the ABC during the first quarter of 1940 
will set a new high for the period and are expected to run about 10^ 
ahead of the comparable figures for 1947, 

Senator Robert A. Taft (R), of Ohio, has cut a number of 
radio discs in connection with his presidential campaign in Nebraska 
which are being used in broadcasts over the State, keyed in with 
’’live” broadcasts by prominent Nebraskans. 

Appearing before the House Foreign Relations Committee, 
Henry Wallace said: 

”I don’t think anyone can determine the extent to which 
Russia is intervening in satellite countries. It is impossible to 
know what the truth is from the American press and radio.” 

Chairman Charles A. Eaton of New Jersey leaned over the com' 
mittee rostrum toward the press and radio tables to say: 

”I wish to call the attention of the press to the strong 
endorsement given them by the witness.” 

A poll taken by the New York Times of fourteen Democrats who 
will be running in November for seats in the United States Senate 
revealed that only three of them were willing to stand up and be 
counted as pro-Truman candidates. 

Station WBRC, NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., it was said, 
will become the most powerful FM station in the world upon its instal¬ 
lation of a SO-kilowatt RCA FI^ transmitter and eight-section RCA 
Pylon FM antenna. 

WBRC is owned by Eloise H. Hanna, one of the very few women 
broadcasters in the country owning both radio and television stations. 



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Senator Edwin C, Johnson (D), of Colorado, who expects a 
hard fight for re-election, and who if re-elected and the Democrats 
win, may succeed Senator Wallace V/hite as Chairman of the Senate 
Interstate Commerce Committee and thus be the ^1 Radio man, ducked 
the Truman issue and said he would be running ’’on the Democratic 

The First Lady of the Land learned about the marvels of tape¬ 
recording through WTOP, CBS, Vmshington, when daughter Margaret 
recently appeared with Drucie Snyder on ”D. C. Dateline”. She re¬ 
ported that nothing she told her mother quite convinced her that 
Dr, Hans ICindler (also on the show, but transcribed some six days 
earlier) was not in the studio with Margaret and Drucie when the 
record was cut. Mrs. Truman protested, ’’But he’s on the show ... 
they couldn’t possibly have made it sound that perfect 1” 

The Rev. Dr. "^aul C. Payne, head of the Board of Christian 
Education of the "'Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, 
has been named Vice Chairman of the newly formed Protestant Radio 
Commission, of which C. P, Taft of the Federal Council of the Churches 
of Christ in America, 297 - 4th Avenue in New York was recently 
elected Chairman. 

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Shows, Inc., was 
granted a construction permit for 15 portable and mobile radio units 
in the Experimental (General Mobile) Service to be used in directing 
the loadmg, unloading and transporting of equipment in connection 
with exhibitions throughout the country. Radio transmitters-receiv- 
ers will be installed on the circus railroad cars, automobiles and 
wagons for moving equipment between railroad sidings and show grounds. 

The Federal Communications Commission announces its Memorand¬ 
um Opinion and Order denying the petition of Mississippi Valley 
Broadcasting Co., New Orleans, La., reauesting the Commission to 
designate its application for new station for consolidated hearing 
with applications of former Governor James A. Noe, New Orleans, La., 
and Deep South Broadcasting Corp., New Orleans, La. 

United Diathermy, Inc., Philadelphia, has been ordered by 
the Federal Trade Commission to cease and desist from advertising a 
diathermy device designed '’United Short V/ave Diathermy” unless the 
advertisements disclose that its unsupervised use by laymen is not 

The order reouires advertisements of the device to reveal 
'’clearly, conspicuously and uneouivocally” that it is not safe to 
use unless a competent medical authority has determined, as a result 
of diagnosis, that the use of diathermy is indicated and has prescrib¬ 
ed the freauency and rate of aoplication of such diathermy treatments, 
end the user has been thoroughly and adeouately instructed by a 
trained technician in the use of the device. 



JD r /-K 

Founded in 1924 


Radio — Television 

— FM — 

Comm unications 

2400 California Street, N. W. 

Washington 8, D. C. 


D. Heinl, Editor 

APR 2 1948 


Chicago Trib To Herald TV Opening With lumbo Tele Section.1 

Associated Press Radio Members Praised For Nev;sgathering.2 

MacArthur Overruled In Attempt To Muzzle Press Radio Men.4 

Poll Newspapers Regarding Paid Radio Programs. 4 

RCA Sues Dumont Over Television Patents; Dumont Counters. .....5 

St, Louis Clobe-Democrat T\f, FJi, Fax Station Starts In July..5 

Newly Patented Color TV System Assigned To Farnsv/orth.5 

Newspaper, Radio Station, Clash Over Paid Program Ads. ....6 

Colonial Radio Shows Profit In First Quarter For Sylvania.6 

Lasky Declares Television Greatest Motion Picture Salesman.7 

A.T.& T., Western Union To Compete Supplying Television Nets.8 

Mayor Proclaims Television Week In Chicago April 5-12. 9 

Publisher To Make His Own Station Pay For Radio Programs.9 

Europe To Get First High Powered FM Station - London Chosen.9 

CBS Affiliates Meet In N,Y.; Coast-To-Coast T^7 Net Takes Shape...10 
Over The Hills.■;_ 

Brunet, RCA, Sees Improved Cuba, Mexico Business Conditions.12 

New British Television Station To Serve English Midlands...12 

Scissors And Paste. ....13 

Trade Notes,..... 15 

No. 1818 

March 31, 1948 


Double the size of anything of its kind heretofore attempted 
the Chicago Tribune next Sunday (April 4) as a forerunner to the open¬ 
ing of its great new television station Vi/GN-TV the following day, 
will issue the biggest special newspaper television section ever seen 
in this country. The Detroit News last month set the pace with a 
20-page television section. This was followed by the New York Sun 
with another 20 pager early this month, but the Chicago Tribune, 
whose radio and television editor is Larry V/olters, plans to come 
through with at least 40 pages. It is believed the practice of issu¬ 
ing television sections will be followed by many other large news¬ 
papers as television becomes established in different parts of the 

Test patterns on full power have been conducted by WGN-TV, 
of which Frank Schreiber is General I'^anager, since the middle of 
February, and the curtain will formally go up next Monday when the 
new station, said to be the most powerful in the United States and 
upon which no expense has been spared, will go on the air with a 
special schedule of telecasts. This will inaugurate a two week 
Chicagoland Television Open House, 

”0ur ecuinment is the first in Chicago making use of Navy 
and Army developments”, said Carl J. Meyers, Director of Engineering 
for V/GN-TTT’. “Many of the special circuits and tubes used in present- 
day television woe developed by the armed services during the war. 

The story of what television did for Uncle Sam isn’t ready to be told 
yet, but many of the wartime improvements have been incorporated in 
the new transmitters, cameras and receivers. 

”V/GN-TV’s average radiated cower of 30 kilowatts should 
guarantee that televiewers within a 45-mile radius of our antenna 
will receive sharper, better defined pictures than they have in the 

’’Some of our eouipment, such as the program console for use 
by the director of a studio program, are not to be found in any other 
television stations in the country. 

”0ur newsreel photographers will work from three mobile field 
units. Two of them are fast station wagons on which movie cameras 
can be mounted. The third is a mobile studio built specially by WGN 
engineers because we couldn’t find anything on the market that came up 
to our specifications. It’s about the size of a passenger bus and 
with it we can go wherever news is happening and by means of a relay 
transmitter, get on the air immediately from on the spot.” 

An unusual feature of the Chicago Tribune’s television 
section, as explained by I'^r. V/olters, one of the best known and most 
competent radio editors in the country, will be publication on a 
five-way split-run basis so that news and advertising can be localiz¬ 
ed for five different sectors of Chicago and suburbs. Dealers will 


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be able to merchandise television equipment to Tribune readers in 
their own trade areas by investing in only a portion of the complete 
Tribune coverage. 

Some 200 television manufacturers, salesmen, and distribu¬ 
tors recently heard representatives of the Tribune’s general adver¬ 
tising department forecast a $30,000,000 television potential in 
Chicago and suburbs during 1948 and describe a merchandising program 
designed to help them share in that market. 

The special television section of the Tribune will be des¬ 
igned to take the mystery out of television for the layman, accord¬ 
ing to Fr, IVolters, 

”V/e hope to have the kind of a section that will interest 
school children and older students as well as regular adult readers”, 
said Hr. V/olters, "with abundant information about this new science 
and art which may cause tremendous changes in their lives and habits 
within the foreseeable future. In effect, our coverage will show 
that television is here now, not around the corner; that this is 
television’s first big year.” 

An important aspect of the section, Hr, Wolters’ tentative 
assignment sheet shows, will be its analyses of the probable develop¬ 
ment of television beyond the entertainment field, to which the bulk 
of video programming so far has been devoted^ Several articles by 
top Tribune staff writers will deal with the probable impact of 
television progress upon politics, medicine, education, religion, 
aviation, and even upon warfare, 



’’Radio members quickly offered the news they gathered. One 
station gave the Association its first tip on the unexpected strike 
of a disastrous tornado in an isolated area. Hany protected on such 
stories as hurricanes, fatal automobile accidents, prominent deaths 
and disasters.” 

Thus Kent Cooper, General Hanager of the Associated Press, 
pinned a bouquet on the A.P.’s new radio members in his annual report. 

"Hany contributed human interest features which were boxed 
on front pages generally”, Hr. Cooper continued. "In almost all cases 
the coverage was from the scene and was contributed prior to broad¬ 
cast by the stations involved. The nev/s obtained from these growing 
sources is benefiting the membership as a whole and it is encourag¬ 
ing to see member stations participate more and more actively. Of 
especial interest in that connection is the fact that 161 of the sta¬ 
tions nov; receiving service are in localities in which there are no 
newspaper members," 






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Other references to radio in Mr, Cooper’s report were; 

"Historically, 1947 was a year that marked a new era in our 
basic field of operation. The scope and strength of the Association 
was enlarged by accepting into membership media of publication util¬ 
izing communications that were undreamed of in 1848, the year of the 
A.P.’s founding. Radio stations Joined the mutual endeavor and 
ideals of news dissemination. Newspaper and radio members having 
television and facsimile stations were offered special services de¬ 
signed for this new form of publication." 

The addition of 308 radio members and subscribers was ac¬ 
complished despite the scarcity of teletype equipment and difficul¬ 
ties experienced by the leasing company in extending the nation-wide 
radio news wire to certain sections. The radio news wire, with its 
frecuent news summaries, also was utilized extensively for special 
exhibition services recuested by member newspapers, 

"Radio wire additions extended the physical layout of the 
circuit to 79,000 miles. The leasing company reported it is the 
longest, single 24-hour circuit in operation. Extensive improvements 
were undertaken on the circuit during the year to eliminate wire 

A radio-printer circuit was established to serve El Imparcial 
in Puerto Rico. Further surveys are being made looking toward exten¬ 
sion of this improved form of news transmission to other points, 

i(c + 5)c ^ % 

"A group of 456 radio applicants was elected on October 3, 
Another large group of applicants awaited election at the close of 
the year. Thus another news medium joined formally in the member¬ 
ship principle of cooperative news gathering enterprise. 

"As rapidly as a formula could be completed under which all 
member stations are assessed their proportionate share of costs, 
eligible stations were given details and invited to join. The res¬ 
ponse was excellent. Station after station grasped the significance 
of mutual and cooperative news effort and made application. Of more 
than average appeal to them was the principle of proportionate shar¬ 
ing of costs on an eouitable basis, as against the older practice 
of buying news ’across the counter’ at rates arbitrarily set by com¬ 
mercial agencies, 

"Of enual appeal in many instances was the principle and 
opportunity of exchanging news with fellow members, and the corollary 
principle that the disseminators of news should share mutual respons¬ 
ibility and proprietary interest in that news," 



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As had been expected, General Douglas MacArthur finally lost 
out in his skirmish over censorship with newspaper correspondents in 
Japan. In fact, according to a ruling made last Monday in Washing¬ 
ton, no overseas Army commander hereafter will have the authority to 
take away the credentials of American press or radio correspondents 
or to censor them in any way. 

A new policy directive placed correspondents in overseas 
Army areas directly under control of the Secretary of the Army and 
the Army chief of public information. 

Newsmen in MacArthur’s Far Eastern occupation area had com¬ 
plained that he was trying to ’’muzzle” all press and radio criticism 
of his command. The newsmen won out on their stand that MacArthur 
should not be permitted to take away their credentials. They were 
overruled, however, on their contention that, as civilian corres¬ 
pondents, they were not subject to military law. The new directive 
says they are. 

But it said unfavorable criticism of Army policies or of 
an individual commander in the overseas area would not be considered 
ground for discrediting a correspondent. When an overseas headquar¬ 
ters thinks disciplinary action should be taken against a newsman, 
he must forward the facts to Washington, 

’’All cases involving revocation of credentials will be refer¬ 
red to the Secretary of the Amy for decision”, the directive said. 

It also forbade overseas commanders to write directly to a 
correspondent’s employer complaining about his activities, as some 
newsmen in Tokyo accused MacArthur of doing. 

The directive reminded press and radio correspondents, how¬ 
ever, that they are subject to military law while working in an Army 
area overseas. They are, it said, ’’under the same restrictions as 
military personnel as regards the settlement of accounts, compliance 
with standing orders and law, and observance of dignity and decorum,” 



The research committee of Newspaper Advertising Executives 
Association of which John Lewis of the St,. Paul Pioneer Press is 
Chairman, is conducting a survey to determine policies of newspapers 
concerning daily program listings of radio stations. 

Ouestions asked include those dealing with rates and other 
policies established by papers who are now charging for radio pro¬ 
gram listings. 






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The Radio Corporation on March 22nd filed a patent infringe¬ 
ment suit in Southern District of California against Paramount Pic¬ 
tures, Inc., Allen B. Dumont Laboratories, Inc., I. T. Hill Sales 
Co., Television Productions, Inc., Penny-Owsley Music Co., Inc., of 
the above television productions is a subsidiary of Paramount Pic¬ 
tures. Hill Sales is a Dumont Distributor. Penny-Owsley is a retail 
dealer. The complaint charges infringement of twenty-five patents 
relating to television. 

On the other hand, Dumont on March 26th filed a declaratory 
judgment suit against RCA in Delaware asking for judgment with res¬ 
pect to these 25 patents cited by RCA plus nine others. 

This constitutes another suit for declaratory judgment 
against RCA on television patents, the first having been filed by 
Zenith Radio Corporation of Chicago. 



At the rate things are now proceeding, the St. Louis Globe - 
Democrat EM, and eventually facsimile and television station v/ill 
make its EM bow sometime next July. The building in which the new 
unit will be housed will be just across the street from the news¬ 
paper plant. 

KWGD (EM) will have radiated power of 218 kv/ on Channel 251 
(98.1 me), and has made application to the Federal Communications 
Commission for a television permit. In charge of the radio operations 
is E, Lansing Ray, President and publisher of the Globe-Democrat, 
with Charles W. Nax as General Manager and V/ells Chapin Radio Engineer. 



The Patent Office granted the following radio patents last 


A static eliminator for receiver sets (No. 2,438,272) by 
Darnell Asbery Dance of Salem, Ark, 

A color television system (No, 2,438,269) by John A. Buck- 
bee of Fort Y/ayne, Ind. , assignor by Mesne Assignments to the Farns¬ 
worth Research Corporation; a television cabinet (No, 2,438,256) by 
John L. Stein of Muncie, Ind.; and television receiver circuits and 
apparatus (No. 2,438,359) by Richard G. Clapp of Haverford, Pa., 
assignor to the Philco Corporation of Philadelphia, 




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There was some excitement in Portsmouth, N. H., when the 
Portsmouth Herald and Station WHEB went to the mat publicly on the 
subject of whether or not broadcasting stations should pay newspap¬ 
ers for printing radio programs. It started with I. D. Hartford, 
publisher of the Herald , saying the elimination of free programs had 
not brought any telephone complaints and only one letter of protest. 

To this Bert George^ Manager of WHEB, retorted that he 
’WouldnH pay five cents” to advertise his station's listings in the 

”Why should we pay for what is news to the reader*^” he asked 

Mr. Georges telephoned the Herald’s circulation department 
and ordered his subscription stopped. 

Meanwhile, a V/HEB newscaster was on the air three times a 
day with a script which satirized the Herald's action and openly 
deprecated its importance to the station. 

The attitude of another New Hampshire station, WITJR, of 
Manchester, v;as expressed in a letter to the Herald , which said, in 

”I think every newspaper must ask itself the question, ’Can 
I afford to be without this vital daily information in my newspaper‘s’ 
The fact is, in our opinion, the radio station can very easily do 
without newspaper listings, but I rather ouestion whether the news¬ 
paper can do without these listings and honestly be serving its 



Two recently-accuired subsidiaries which operated at losses 
during 1947, will show profits during the first ouarter of 1948, 

D, G. Mitchell, President of Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. told 
shareholders at the annual meeting of the company in Boston Tuesday, 
These wholly-owned subsidiaries are the Colonial Radio Corporation, 
manufacturers of radio sets, and Wabash Corp., manufacturers of photo 
flash lamps. 

”Indications are”, said Mr. Mitchell, ’’that profits for the 
first quarter of this year for the company as a whole will be in ex¬ 
cess of the first quarter of 1947, when consolidated net income was 
$805,342 and earnings, after deducting preferred dividends, were 
equal to 70 cents a share on the 1,006,550 shares of common stock 





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Jesse L. Lasky, pioneer in the motion picture industry, 
last week declared that television can be the greatest salesman mo¬ 
tion pictures ever had, 

Mr. Lasky, in an interview on WCAU-TV^, Philadelphia, told 
the television audience that the new medium is here and here to 
stay and that Hollywood and the other film capitals had better 
recognize it. He announced that he planned to launch his next film 
discovery on television, prior to any film appearance. 

’’You can’t underestimate a product that goes right into the 
homes of the public you hope to reach”, Mr. Lasky declared. ’’In¬ 
stead of attacking television, Hollywood would do well to adapt it 
to^various uses. If we acknowledge it as a competitor, we are not 
going to be able to serve the best interests of all concerned.” 

Mr. Lasky admitted that there are conflicting opinions on 
television among Hollywood’s leading producers but said, in his 
opinion, that the majority are coming to believe the new medium can 
help them tremendously. 

He disclosed that television’s value came to him in New York 
when, after an appearance on a television show, a taxi driver asked 
him, ”Say, aren’t you Jesse Lasky? I saw you on television a little 
while ago.” Lasky declared that all that day, wherever he went 
people remarked on having seen him. It was this, he said, that de¬ 
cided him to send the stars of his next production to every tele¬ 
vision station in the country for personal appearances even before 
trailers on the film are released. 

’’Actors can win untold new friends through television”, Mr. 
Lasky said, ”and the producer who fails to recognize this will be as 
backward as those who fought the first talking pictures,” 

The famous producer declared that trailers soon will be stan¬ 
dard advertising on television screens. ’’Look how television has won 
new friends for all kinds of sports”, Mr. Lasky pointed out. ”It 
can and will do the same thing for movies and other forms of enter¬ 
tainment . ” 

Mr, Lasky disclosed that he felt the day was not far distant 
when the major studios would be making film shorts for television 
use, ”I don’t see how anything can stop it. Television needs qual¬ 
ity films and Hollywood is eouipped to make them”, said Mr. Lasky. 

”It won’t be long before v/e are turning them out as a matter of 
course, ” 





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Western Union will compete with the American Telephone & 
Telegraph Company in supplying television network facilities. This 
was made known in a dispatch from New York by the Associated Press, 
which said: "Western Union moved into direct competition with the 
American Telephone and Telegraph Co, for television network business 
today (Tuesday) by filing a proposed rate schedule for a radio relay 
television link between New York and Philadelphia." 

Rates to become effective May 1 were filed by the A. T. 8c 
T, with the Federal Communications Commission last week, It was 
announced by Bartlett T. Miller, Vice ;°resid6nt in Charge of the 
Company’s Long Lines Department. The establishment of the rates will 
place the Bell System’s television cables on a commercial basis. 

Television faciities are now being furnished by the A. T.&T. 
Co. without charge to broadcasters over a combined coaxial cable and 
radio relay network between Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore 
and Washington. 

"Network transmission of television programs has^passed the 
experimental stage", Mr. Miller said, "Although the provision of^ 
inter-city channels is a highly complex Job, we have now had suffic¬ 
ient experience to place this service on a commercial basis." 

Under the proposed rates, a television channel between two 
cities will cost the broadcaster fes a month per airline mile for 
eight consecutive hours a day, and $E a month per mile for each addi¬ 
tional consecutive hour. For occasional or part-time service the 
rate will be tl per airline mile for the first hour of use and one 
quarter of that amount for each additional consecutive 15 minutes. 

For the use of terminal equipment and its maintenance, the 
charge will be ^500 a month for connecting stations to the televi¬ 
sion network for eight consecutive hours daily. For stations recuir- 
ing only occasional service, the charge will be $200 a month plus 
^10 an hour of use. 

Rates now in effect for AI.'I broadcasting will apply for the 
separate sound channel needed for the complete television program, 


Maurice B* Mitchell, General Manager of V^TOP, has been 
elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society, 
District of Columbia Division* 



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The week of April 5 to 12 has been proclaimed ’’Television 
V/eek in Chicago” by Mayor Martin H. Kennelly. In his proclamation 
Mayor Kennelly urges citizens of Chicago ”to avail themselves of the 
opportunities afforded during that period to become better acquaint¬ 
ed with this latest contribution to man’s progress.” 

Monday, April 5th, also marks the beginning of regular oper¬ 
ations by WGN-TT7, Chicago’s newest television station. The latest 
member of the V/GN, Inc. family, which includes V/GN and W. station 
WGNB, represents a million dollar investment in equipment, staff 
and programs. (See earlier story on page 1 of this issue). 

Mayor Kennelly, whose statement cited that ’’the promotion 
of this important new medium of communication and of Chicago as a 
television center has been stimulated by the establishment of two 
television stations in the city”, will be joined by Governor Green 
of Illinois and Col. Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher of 
The Tribune and President of WGN, Inc., in the dedicatory telecast 
Monday night, April 5, at 8:15 GST. 

A two-week ’’Chicagoland Television Open House” promotion 
sponsored by manufacturers, distributors, retailers and The Chicago 
Tribune also has an April 5 starting date. 



Even the fact that he is one of the partners in the new 
station KDAN at Oroville, California, has not changed the attitude 
of Dan L. Beebe, publisher of the Oronville Mercury with regard to 
radio stations paying newspapers for having their programs printed. 

The Mercury has never published radio programs free. KDAN 
will pay the full radio rate to publish its programs, Mr. Beebe 
declared. The Mercury will buy a daily 15-minute news broadcast at 
7:30 A.M., and will have a half-hour program on Sundays. 

’’The newspaper will promote its circulation, job department 
and explain its business and news policies as part of its radio pro¬ 
motion program.” 



The British Broadcasting Corporation has begun_work on the 
construction of a freouency modulation transmitter station near 
Wrotham, Kent. This will be the first high-powered FM station to be 
erected in Europe, 

An order has been placed v/ith Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph 
Co., Ltd. for a 25 kw FM transmitter for this station which, it is 
anticipated, will be the first of a number of Fll transmitter stations 
to be erected throughout Britain. The nev; station will operate on 
a wavelength of about 3 metres. 





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As key executives of 100 executives of the Columbia Broad¬ 
casting System gathered in New York today (V/ednesday, March 31) for 
the first nationwide network television meeting, CBS added the third 
station to its television network which it is expected will reach 
the Pacific. The newest station cn the chain is liVMAR-TV, owned by 
the Baltimore Sun of which E. K, Jett, formerly of the Federal 
Communications Commission is Vice-President. 

V^IAR-T\^ operates on Channel 2 and has a total personnle of 
approximately 50, including program officials, engineers and techni¬ 
cians. It is now on the television air seven days each week with 
from 35 to 40 hours of programming. 

The other two stations in the CBS television net are WCBS-T^r, 
New York, and WCAU-TF/', Philadelphia, V/CA.U-TV originated the first 
symphony orchestra broadcast ever to be carried over television. It 
came 48 hours after Petrillo and the American Federation of Musicians 
and the major networks reached an agreement permitting broadcast of 
live music on television. 

As a result, CBS-T\^ presented the Philadelphia Orchestra, 
conducted by Eugene Ormandy, in the first broadcast of Rachmaninoff’s 
First Symphony in E Minor. V/CAU-TV broadcast the program in Phila¬ 
delphia and transmitted it over a double microwave relay link from 
the Academy of Music to the A, T. & T. coaxial cable, over which it 
was carried to New York for broadcast via VIGB3-TT to its viewers in 
the metropolitan area. 

The all-day television meeting of the Columbia Broadcasting 
System at the Waldorf was called ”to enable broadcasters far removed 
from present key television centers to piece together all the scat¬ 
tered segments of television information into a comprehensible 

Frank Stanton, CBS President, will make the opening address, 
Lawrence W. Lowman, CBS Vice-President, will present the Columbia 
television network plans for programs which will originate in its new 
V/CBS-TV New York studios. The plant, now under construction in the 
Grand Central Terminal Building in midtown New York, CBS says, will 
be the largest of its kind in the country, 


( "V/ashington Post”) 

Mr. George V/ashington Hill, second of that name, has resign¬ 
ed from the American Tobacco Co. as its vice president in charge of 
advertising. This, it appears, is Mr, Hill’s way of disavowing res¬ 
ponsibility for the fact that only 102 billion Lucky Strike cigar¬ 
ettes were produced last year, as compared with 103 billion in the 

year preceding. In consequence of this decline, Lucky Strike now 


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leads its nearest competitor in the cigarette counters of the 
Nation by only a billion and a half. In other words, the Camels 
are coming, but Mr. Hill for one is not disposed to shout hurrah.*** 

Mr. Hill preferred to take some short and cryptic phrase 
and to bludgeon it into the public consciousness by incessant repe¬ 
tition over millions of radios and from thousands of billboards and 
hundreds of magazine covers. The most famous of these phrases was 
the invention of Mr, Hill’s father: ’’It’s toasted I” Nobody knew 
what it meant, as far as we know, and the American Tobacco Co, never 
bothered to explain, But the only Americans who escaped being re¬ 
minded at every hour of their lives of the toasted tobacco used in 
the manufacture of Lucky Strikes were those born deaf, mute and 
blind, although we should not be surprised to hear that the elder 
Mr. Hill had it inscribed in Braille for their benefit. 

Another masterpeice of Mr, Hill, major, was the apothegm 
that ’’Nature in the raw is seldom mild.” The point was brought home 
pictorially by reference to the amorous technioues of prepaleolithic 
man. Less ambiguous in character was the solemn announcement that 
”An ancient prejudice has been removed”, v/ith the implicit sugges¬ 
tion that women who continued to have inhibitions about smoking Lucky 
Strikes in public places belonged in the same reactionary category 
as those who in the early nineteenth century had considered travel^by 
railway somehow sinful and those who in the sixteenth century consid¬ 
ered it shocking and decadent to use forks instead of fingers. For 
women who remained impervious to this appeal to their better and more 
progressive natures, Mr, Hill had another bait. He exhorted them to, 
’’Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet I” insinuating that it was an 
infallible way of stifling a bodily craving deleterious to the bodily 

In the opinion of many, Mr. Hill, Jr., who became Advertising 
Manager of the company in 1936, equaled, if he did not surpass, the 
genius of his father. Where the father had been at most ambiguous, 
the son managed to be completely unintelligible. It was he, for 
example, who invested the chant 

E-e-e-e yulla, wulla, bulla, blub, blue, ble, yumma 
wow, wee, yip yi, bulla, blab yowl Sol’ Americanl 

which served the company as a kind of audible trade mark. He was 
also the author of one of the more stirring battle cries of the re¬ 
cent struggle for freedom and human rights; viz, ’’Lucky Strike green 
has gone to wari” But evidently the young Mr, Hill was less success¬ 
ful than his father in dealing with the reactionaries and men of 
limited vision within his ovm organization. Or it may have been 
that his methods were too subtle to be appreciated and understood# 

It is even possible that he overestimated the intelligence of his 
fellow citizens. Anyway, he never attained his father’s celebrity. 

He has never been made the hero of a best-selling novel and has never 
been impersonated in the movies by Mr# Sidney Greenstreet, 







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Opening of Cuba’s $3,000,000 ’’Radio City" in Havana will 
have a salutary effect on broadcasting throughout the Caribbean and 
Latin America, Meade Brunet, Vice President of the Radio Corpora¬ 
tion of America, and Managing Director of the RCA International Div¬ 
ision, declared last week. Back in New York from a field trip on 
which he observed business conditions at first hand in Mexico end 
Cuba, Mr. Brunet expressed optimism over the trade outlook in these 

’’Business in Cuba is excellent”, he said. ”A progressive 
spirit prevails, I was particularly impressed with the new RCA- 
equipped radio and entertainment center built by Goar Mestre, It 
drew high praise from a group of Latin-American broadcasters who 
attended the opening. I believe it will have a healthy effect on 
broadcasting in that area, as well as in other Central and South 
American republics.” 

Mr. Brunet said that Mexico recently had passed through a 
period of business adjustment in which some phases of commerce suf¬ 
fered. But, in his opinion, all current signs point to an improve¬ 

’’The market for modern conveniences, such as electrical ap¬ 
pliances, radios and phonographs is constantly increasing. Demands 
for RCA Victor records have steadily mounted, necessitating the 
building of additional manufacturing facilities. A new RCA record 
plant, one of the most modern factories in Mexico, is nearing com¬ 



The British Broadcasting Corporation has accuired a site 
for a television station at Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, to 
serve the populous industrial centres of the English Midlands. Work 
on the construction of the station has already begun. 

The power of the vision transmitter will be 35 kw and that 
of the sound transmitter 12 kw. This constitutes twice and four 
times the powers of the respective transmitters at the existing 
Alexandra Palace station, London. The range of the new station is 
expected to be about fifty miles, covering a population of some six 
million. The station will transmit the same programme as tha radi¬ 
ated by the London Television Station at Alexandra Palace, 



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Petrillo Throwing In The Towel Still Has Puzzled 


Big question that has everybody in radio and television 
second-guessing is why James C. Petrillo decided on a policy of com¬ 
plete abdication to the networks in pacting a new three-year con¬ 
tract for his American Federation of Musicians, 

Veteran broadcasters who have had long and varied experi¬ 
ences in dealing with the musicians’ boss are of the opinion that 
Petrillo capitulated for a variety of reasons, but primarily these: 
The final realization that regardless of how much ranting he carried 
on about musician ouotas on stations, it v/as basically a four-network 
deal that really mattered, for the ’’base bucks" accrusing to music¬ 
ians come from the webs. It was a case of bringing home to Petrillo 
the fact that 90% of all musician coin - or about t.25,000,000 a year 
comes from work on the network with its lucrative commercial airings. 

With the AFM elections coming up in June, there were obvious 
political overtones involved. A prolonged stalemate on negotiations 
would have jeopardized Petrillo’s standing among the AF!A membership, 
it’s conceded, thus forcing the issue of whether it was worth trading 
an "empire" for television concessions. 

The always-imminent danger of winding up behind the legal 
eight-ball because of the newly-promulgated Taft-Hartley law, plus 
the "close shave" experienced in the Lea Act challenge are also con¬ 
sidered important factors in Petrillo’s "I surrender" stance. 

Finally, it was Petrillo’s awareness that the network chief¬ 
tains meant business; for when the web execs at last week’s negotia¬ 
tions huddle arose and started to walk out in a body at AFM Boss Man’ 
suggestion that they "fiddle along on tele" and only sign a one-year 
contract covering Al.': radio, Petrillo knew the jig was up and threw in 
the towel. 

What the networks got: 

Extension for three years, retroactive to last Jan. 31, of 
present contracts bet^veen American Federation of Musicians locals in 
New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and the stations owned by the nets 
at these points. 

The right to use musicians on AM and FM, simultaneously and 

The right to use musicians on television and on simultaneous 
AJ/I-tele (and Fi/f) broadcasts; the right to air tele pickups of public 
events, such as parades, having live music; the right to make films 
for tele v/ith music. 

Guarantee that musicians "will continue to be available" for 
television during the three years. 

Musicians’ services for the next three years at no hike in 
pay or employment ouotas. 

Dismissal of the Petrillo demand that platter-turners be 
reouired to join the AFI'^. 

What Petrillo got: 

Prolongation of the status quo in musicians’ pay scales and, 
most irportant, employment quotas at a time when many stations have 

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been trimming their music staffs and cutting them off entirely. 
Assurance that musicians playing for AI/T-tele duplicated 
shows will get "reasonable” added fees. 

Prospect that employment will be created for more musicians 
through the impetus thus given television programming. 

Perhaps no great love from the rest of the labor front, but 
undoubtedly a lot more favor in the public’s eyes, os attested wide¬ 
ly in newspaper editorials during the past few days. 

Fear V/alkie-Talkie May Be Nation’s Biggest Party Line 

(V/ayne Oliver, "Associated Press") 

Folks who decide to buy the new midget civilian version of 
the walkie-talkie will find themselves on one big radio party line. 
The tiny two-way personal sets all will operate in the same band on 
the air - 460 to 470 megacycles. The first instrument approved by 
the Federal Communications Commission for commercial production is 
designed to operate exactly in the middle of the band. 

Thus if you have one of the sets and want to talk to the 
wife at home, or vice versa, you may find somebody else is using the 

A1 Gross of Citizens Radio Corporation of Cleveland, the firm 
that got the first FCC approval issued for the new personal radio, 
says the party line feature won’t be much of a handicap for some time 
to come. 

Gross points out that the number of sets in use will be lim¬ 
ited for quite a while - although he and other manufacturers hope to 
remedy that situation. It’s expected only a small proportion of 
people having sets will want to use them at the same time. And the 
sets will have a short wave range - only about two miles in the city - 
which will cut down on interference. 

Later, if too much confusion develops as more sets come into 
use, the FCC can be asked for additional bands for the Citizens Radio 
Service - the official name for the walkie-talkie setup. 

At first, says Gross, the sets probably will be bought mostly 
for commercial and industrial use. The manager of a plant spread 
over a wide area could get reports and give orders via walkie-talkie. 
So could a farmer during large scale harvesting operations. A doctor 
out on a golf course could keep in touch with his office. 

Gross says the set his firm will produce will weigh about 
two and one-half pounds - including batteries. When not in use, it 
fits into a container about the size of a camera carrying case with 
shoulder strap. 

The transmitter is in a small box six inches long, two and 
seven-eighths inches wide and one and one-half inches thick. It has 
a folding T-shaped antenna, and is eouipped with a very light weight 
headset with a single earphone. 

The cost: "A* little under t'SOO for a pair of sets ready to 


Production is due to start in 60 to 90 days. 



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Joseph H. Ream, Executive Vice President of the Columbia 
Broadcasting System, will discuss ’’The Dimensions of Television” 
before the Chicago Federated Advertising Club tomorrow (Thurs.April 1) 

The application of Edwin l/V. Pauley, former Assistant Secre¬ 
tary of T/7ar, and associates for a nev; television station in San 
Francisco, has been set for a hearing next Monday, April 5th, 

Policemen cruising in radio-equipped patrol wagons pressed 
into service to help out scout cars in Washington, D, C., answered 
39 calls for scout cars during their first week-end in this type of 
service. Police Superintendent Robert J. Barrett reported Tuesday, 

The patrol wagon police, who started cruising in six wagons 
last week instead of waiting in their precinct stations for calls to 
pick up prisoners, made 28 arrests as a result of answering the 
Saturday and Sunday calls. Some 259 prisoners were transported. 

Pleased with the results, Superintendent Barrett plans to 
place at least three more patrol wagons in the new service. 

Asserting that each v/eek 1,500,000 women end 1,800,000 men 
read Time Magazine , an advertisement for that publication states that 
for every 100 men who read the magazine’s radio news, 107 women also 
read that page. Likewise for every 100 men who read the theatrical 
page, 114 women do likewise, but 122 women to 100 men regularly watch 
the cinema page. These figures, it was said, were based upon 1,600 
personal interviews. 

Total consolidated net income for 1947 of the Columbia Broad 
casting System, Inc. amounted to $3,45 per share compared with $3.37 
in 1946, according to the company’s annual report distributed last 

The increase is accounted for by a gain in the net results 
from broadcasting operations which rose from $3,915,674 in 1946 to 
$4,504,336 in 1947, Total net income of the company for 1947 amount¬ 
ed to $5,920,104 as compared with $5,795,896 for the 1946 period. 

Mrs, Margaret Potter Bowen, widow of Scott H. Bowen, former 
well known broadcaster was married last week to Dr. Robert H. Stevens 
of Utica in Baltimore, Md. 

The bride-elect, who attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart 
in Cincinnati, is the owner of the radio stations WIBX and WIBX-Fl,^ in 
Utica, N.Y. Dr. Stevens was graduated from the Yale School of Medi¬ 
cine and is a member of the staff of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica 

Considered one of the persons closest to the late Chief 
Executive, F.D.R., I^iss Tully, former secretary,said in a television 
interview over Station VvNBW in Washington, that few people knew that 
Mr. Roosevelt often played the piano - although not so well as his 
successor President Truman. 






2400 California Street, N. W. 


Robert D. Heinl, Editor 


Washington 8, D. C. 


Founded in 1924 

APR 9 1948 


VJar Advertising Blackout Might Have Ruined Radio Stations.-,-....... 1 

Miami Beach Publishing Co. Sells Half Interest To Fort Industry ..-.3 

Lemke Bill Hearings Held; Sterling, Jolliffe, Others Heard. .,..4 

'* Small Radio Station” Bill Denounced A.t Hearing.. *.. ..7 

NAB Head Appointed Radio Army Day Cominittee®, 8 

Alf Landon Asks Television Permit. .*8 

New Date Set For Don Lee Studio Dedication. 9 

Senate Passes D.C. Daylight Bill.........1 9 

"WGN-'T'^ Salute To Chicago” Coes Over Big.... 10 

Human Radio Is Latest Reported From Germany...IE 

Commerce & Industry Assn, Report Is Against Licensing Repairmen... 12 

Radio Pioneers Elect Officers... 

William E, Domiey, Asst* Chief Of FCC Field*Engr.‘’Divi‘Retires!!!! 13 

Scissors And Pastes.... 

Trade Notes *i. 4 c 


No* 1819 

April 7, 1948 


It was revealed by Gardner (I^ike) Cowles, Ir., publisher 
and president of the Cowles Broadcasting Company that ’’starry-eyed 
zealots” rushing into V/orld V/ar II came preciously near to blacking 
out advertising for the duration. If they had succeeded, I'r. Cowles 
declared, this would have resulted disastrously to broadcasting sta¬ 
tions, newspapers, magazines and other media depending upon advertis¬ 
ing revenue for existence. 

l^r. Cowles was the principal sneaker at the dinner at 
which a gold medal for outstanding service in 1947 was presented to 
Theodore Lewis, who was head of the Washington office of the V/ar 
Advertising Council in 1943. Nr. Cowles, whose address was reprint¬ 
ed in the Congressional Record by Representative Charles R. Robert¬ 
son (R), of North Dakota, said, in part: 

’’Those of you who were not in V/ashington during the first 
few months following Pearl Harbor will never realize how near adver¬ 
tising came to being banned entirely during the war. At the first 
intergovernment meeting I attended after Roosevelt persuaded me to 
take the OV/I job, tv/o very top New Deal officials argued that the 
Treasury should immediately disallow all advertising as a legitimate 
business expense, since advertising, they said, is just a waste and 
a luxury which had no excuse for existing, particularly in wartime. 

”I was the first head of the Domestic Branch of the Office 
of \/ar Information - an agency then made up mainly of a conglomera¬ 
tion of sincere but starry-eyed writers and other ideological zealots 
who regarded an advertising man with about the same respect you might 
give a medicine man or a barker at a sideshow. * ^ ^ ^ 

”I honestly believe that if the V/ar Advertising Council had 
not come into being to show V/ashington officials how advertising 
could help convert the country to war - help inform the people on 
the vital war themes - help the Government ouickly activate public 
opinion - if the War Advertising Council had not been on hand with 
its plans - I truly believe advertising would have been substantially 
blacked out during the war. 

’’This would have destroyed our advertising agencies. This 
would have ruined our radio stations, our magazines, our newspapers, 
But it almost happened, 

’Alioever thought up and v/orked out the network time - allo¬ 
cation plan under which commercial sponsors gave up a minute or two 
of their time out of each urogram for vital war theme deserves the 
blessing of all of us interested in advertising. That plan sold 
V/ashington on the job advertising could do. And soon afterward 
V/ashington learned the extreme value of the sponsored public-service 
advertising in the magazines and newspapers, 

”If advertising had not been allov/ed to help during the 
war, the Government would have been obliged to force the public by 



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legislation to do the necessary things^ Compulsion wasn’t needed 
because advertising did the job through persuasion. In other words, 
advertising in a vital degree helped us win the war and still hold 
on to most of our traditional, voluntary, democratic ways. 

'’Hundreds of the country’s top advertising men have devot¬ 
ed weeks and months to the Advertising Council - but certainly the 
four men who have been chairmen - first Chet LaRoche, then Harold 
Thomas, then «Tim Young, and now Charlie Kortimer, deserve our special 
thanks. They made the Council succeed. Before the end of the war, 
they had convinced even most of the rabid New Dealers of the value 
of advertising - those same New Dealers who had wanted to outlaw 
advertising after Pearl Harbor.'*' * * 

"We don’t want to lose either our economic freedoms or our 
political freedoms. Free speech and the concent of a free press have 
developed so strongly in America, in my opinion, because our informa¬ 
tion media - our newspapers, our magazines, our radio stations - have 
remained in private hands. We need to remember that advertising com¬ 
ing from thousands of different private companies from coast to coast, 
supports these information media. They, in turn, by keeping the pub¬ 
lic informed, make democracy nossible. 

"This important relationship of the advertising of private 
business to our privately-ovmed newspapers, magazines, and radio sta¬ 
tions seemed to me so vital to the functioning of our democracy, that 
even in wartime, I opposed the creation of a giant Federal Government 
advertising fund, which so many agency men favored. 

"I did not want then, nor do I want now, to see the Govern¬ 
ment directing, or curbing, or dominating the advertising of this 
country.'*^ * 

"I don’t v/ant to see advertising get identified in the pub¬ 
lic’s mind as a tool of big business used to maintain the status ouo 
and prevent even desirable change, 

"Just this week a union official testified before the FCC 
that the radio netv/orks are so dependent upon the advertising of big 
business that the networks should not be trusted to express their ov/n 
editorial opinions over the air. That union official was actually 
smearing advertising. 

"I v/ant advertising to be knovra by the man in the street as 
a friend - a useful friend who gets him lower prices by helping 
achieve mass distribution and selling,’’ 

Nr. Cov/les’ address was reprinted in full in the Congres ¬ 
sional Record of March 8th. 



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The Fort Industry Company of Detroit, I'^ich. , the largest 
independent.operators of radio stations in the United States, among 
them being V/IBK in Detroit, announced last week the acnuisition of 
a fifty percent interest in the I'iami Beach 'Publishing Comnany. The 
other fifty percent of the stock is owned by John D. Montgomery of 
I'iami Beach, Florida, Mr. Montgomery will continue as president and 
publisher of the papers published by the Miami Beach Publishing Co., 
and l^r. George B. Storer, ^resident of The Fort Industry Company, 
will be Chairman of the Board of Directors, 

This company publishes the Miami Beach I-orning Star , the 
Evening Sun and the Sunday Sun-Star . I'^ociern air-conditioned offices, 
recently enlarged, are located at 1859 Bay Road, ITiami Beach. 

By its purchase. The Fort Industry Company enters the news¬ 
paper publishing field and is the first large station operator to be¬ 
come interested in newspaper properties, ^rior to this time, news¬ 
paper publishers have acouired radio stations but this is the first 
instance of a large station operator ''invading the fourth estate”. 

V.r. Storer is one of the outstanding radio station owners 
in the United States and has long been identified with the industry in 
the Detroit area. In the early days of radio he held an interest in 
both V/XYZ and CKLU and presently o’-vns Station V/JBK which he acouired 
in luly, 1947. Mr. Storer has been a resident of Bloomfield Hills, 
Michigan, for over twenty years and, in addition to his radio activ¬ 
ities, is Chairman of the Board of the Standard Tube Co. of Detroit. 

In addition to V/JBK, Detroit, Mich., other radio stations 
owned and operated by The Fort Industry Company are: V/SpD, Toledo, 
Ohio; VDWA, V/heeling, V/. Va.; VM/B, Fairmont, V/. Va.; IITLOH, Lima, 0., 
V/GBS, Miami, Florida; V/AGA, Atlanta, Ga. 

The Detroit properties of the Company center around Station 
V/IBK, which is managed by Ralph G. Elvin, Vice ^resident and T^anaging 
Director of the Detroit Broadcasting Company, a wholly owned subsid¬ 
iary of The Fort Industry Company. An FM station, V/IBK-Fl', is oper¬ 
ated in conjunction with V/JBK and the Company has received a construc¬ 
tion permit from, the Federal Communications Comunission to erect a 
television station, "^lans are well under way and the station, which 
is tentatively labeled V/TVO, is expected to be on the air by early 

The Fort Industry Company derived its name from the fact 
that its first office was established at the site of the Fort 
Industry, one of the early outposts in the northwest territory during 
the pre-revolutionary period, 




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Opposition to Congressional assumption of authority over 
freouency allocations was definitely brought forth last week as the 
House Interstate & Foreign Commerce Committee completed its hearings 
on the Lemke Bill (H.I. Res,. 78). The sessions which occupied a 
couple of days was devoted to testimony by opponents of the measure, 
which would give a portion of the 50-mc band to FI! in addition to 
its present 88-108 me, band. 

Those favoring the measure, particularly FaJ. Edwin H. 
Armstrong, inventor of FF, who has contended that the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission and the Radio Corporation of /tmerica have 
individually held back the development of FK, the 7enith Radio Corp. 
and others testified on February 3rd. 

Commissioner George E. Sterling, the first witness in the 
opposition to the Bill, told the Committee that the Lemke Bill *'if 
enacted into law would reouire the Commission to assign a portion of 
the 50 megacycle region of the radio spectrum for the operation of 
frenuency modulation broadcasting stations. Under the bill the Com¬ 
mission would also be directed to permit power assignments in that 
band ’ip to at least the maximum amount of pov?er heretofore assigned 
to frenuency modulation (FI'') at any time.’'* This, he believed a 
"most unwise*’ approach to allocations. He said it failes to take 
into account either the scarcity of spectrum space or the possible 
impact of such a law upon the needs of other services. 

Mr. Sterling continued: -’The Commission believes this 
practice of making allocations upon the basis of due consideration 
to all competing needs for the frenuencies to be assigned is the 
only sound and practical miethod by which a fair and enuitable alloca¬ 
tion plan can be reached. Recognition of this, and of the highly 
complex and technical problems involved in reaching decisions with 
respect to matters such as the allocation of frequencies, v;ere among 
the basic reasons for creation of the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion by Congress as a specialized administrative agency for the very 
purpose of handling just such problems. H. I. Res. 78 if enacted, 
would reouire the allocation of particular frequencies to FI! broad¬ 
casting, one of the numerous radio services, without taking into full 
account the overall natural limitations upon available frequencies, 
and without taking into account the possible impact of such legisla¬ 
tion upon the needs of other services of equal or greater public im¬ 
portance. Any such approach to an allocation of radio frequencies 
would in our view be most unwise. It would be a most obvious invita¬ 
tion to the various other services to seek additional frequencies in 
the same manner, and the result could only be a thoroughly confused 
and unsettled situation in the regulation of radio operation. The 
Commission strongly advocates full consideration to the needs of all 
radio services in any allocation of radio frequencies. 

*’In earlier testimony the prononents of H. I. Res. 78 have 
recognized the validity of these basic objections to legislation such 
as that pronosed here, and have stated that passage of such legisla- 



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tion would be justified only by the most compelling considerations. 

They find justification for urging enactment of the present bill in 
the argument that the past actions of the Commission with respect to 
assignment of freouencies for Fl^ have been so lacking in sound judg¬ 
ment that it is necessary for Congress to intervene in order to pro¬ 
tect the public and the future of FM broadcasting. This position is 
based almost entirely on their extreme and we believe wholly unten¬ 
able view that the decision of the Commission of June 27, 1945, assign¬ 
ing FTi broadcasting to the 88-108 megacycle band, in lieu of the 
42-50 megacycle band to which W, had been assigned until that time, 
was so lacking in justification as to have been a virtually irres¬ 
ponsible act. I am confident that upon review of the Commission's 
past actions with respect to the allocation of freouencies for FM 
broadcasting you will see that this criticism is v/holly without 
merit. ” 

The former FCC Chief Engineer reviewed at length the hear¬ 
ings and studies which preceded the decision to move W. from the low 
band to the high, followed by another hearing when Zenith petitioned 
unsuccessfully for space around 50 me for FM in addition to 88-108 me. 
The move "upstairs”, he insisted, was "based upon engineering con¬ 
siderations which were valid then and are valid now." 

In defense of FCC’s assignment of television and safety 
services in the 50-rac region despite the interferences encoungered 
there, Mr. Sterling pointed out that further development was neces¬ 
sary in the ultra high frecuency range which is exoected to be tele¬ 
vision's ultimate home. "Accordingly", he explained, "some televi¬ 
sion channels which might be available for immediate use were allocat¬ 
ed in the 50-mc region even though it was known that these channels 
would be subject to interference." 

In his summary, Mr. Sterling said: 

"The decision of the Commission to assign FM broadcasting 
to the 100 megacycle band was reached only after the most exhaustive 
study of available data. It was based upon the weight of the evi¬ 
dence, and upon engineering considerations which were valid then and 
are valid now. I'^oreover, the FI/^ station assignment plan now' in effect 
makes possible full-fledged, nationwide FM service available to the 
population in rural as well as urban areas.* * 

"The imcortance of removing the confusion that now exists 
with respect to FM freouencies and of not creating further uncer¬ 
tainties can hardly be over-emphasized. In June, 1945, the Commis¬ 
sion sought to remove any such confusion and uncertainty by announc¬ 
ing its allocations for W. broadcasting. I urge this Committee most 
strongly to make its views known on this bill at as early a date as 

I'^r. J. R. "'oppele, ^resident of the Television Broadcasters’ 
Association, told the Committee that video channels have been reduced 
from 19 to 13 since 1940 and that further reductions "might very well 
nullify the investment made in television today by private enterprise 
and the public, which is supporting television and accepting it with 


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’’unbounded enthusiasm.” He reiterated that 13 channels are inade- 
ouate for television. 

Dr. C. B. Jolliffe, Executive Vice "^resident in charge of 
RCA Laboratories Division of the Radio Corporation of America, said 
the Lemke Bill would ’’confuse and delay the advancement of and 
television” and other radio services. 

Dr. Jolliffe declared that the record of FI” development in 
this country has been greatly confused by errors and misstatements 
with regard to the development of the art and presented an exhaustive 
study of the rise of FH to a commercial service, 

”h’e are proud of the part we (RCA) have had in bringing 
television and FM broadcasting to the American people", Dr. Folliffe 
said. Before the •high freouency” or ’’FIj!” broadcasting could com¬ 
mence, he continued, the fre^-uencies in which it operates had to be 
pioneered. This RCA engineers did, he said, commencing almost with 
the beginning of the Company in 1919 and continuing to date. 

"The significance of this pioneering work”, he asserted, 

"can best be understood when it is realized that two of the principal 
advantages of high freruency or FM broadcasting - high fidelity and 
freedom from natural static - are derived from the use of higher 
radio freouencies, and not from the tvpe of modulation employed," 

Dr. Jolliffe recalled that in May, 1940, the FCC authorized 
FM broadcasting on a commercial basis and said that a month later 
RCA was offering FM transmitters for sale and a number of these were 
in operation before the war began. He asserted that RCA was tooled 
for production of FIv! receivers when the national defense program cur¬ 
tailed radio production. 

In tracing RCAMs work in FM from 1924 to date. Dr. Folliffe 
recalled that in January, 1944, NBC proposed the duplication of AM 
programs on FM stations to help FM get started. NBC was the first of 
the networks to make this proposal. The FCC ruled to permit full 
duplication in 1945, but labor union obstacles delayed its realiza¬ 
tion until recently when the ban was lifted. 

Dr. Jolliffe disclosed that RCA, as one of the leading manu¬ 
facturers of FI” transmitters, receivers and studio eouinment, has 
delivered more than 150 FI'” transmitters, and has received orders for 
170 more. At the same time, it offers ten different models of home 
radio receiving sets containing FI'. 

Against such a record, indiscriminate charges that RCA, 

FCC and others have "retarded" FI”, "opposed" FI”, or have given it 
the "silent" treatment, fall by their own weight, Dr. Jolliffe de¬ 

"It is the position of RCA and NBC that the Lemke Bill 
should not be approved by Congress", Dr. Jolliffe stated. He said 
that of all the duties performed by the Commission the allocation of 
frequencies is "one of the most complex tasks of Government”, and 
declared: "In our opinion it would not be sound for Congress to 
take over that task.”” 



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The hearing on the Bill of Senator Edwin C, Johnson (D), of 
Colorado, to break down clear channels and keep the power ceiling at 
50 KV/, opened Fonday, April 5, before the Senate Interstate and 
Foreign Commerce Committee. Thirty-four witnesses for and 26 against 
the bill are in the tentative lineup announced last week by the Com¬ 
mittee, some of whom have already appeared, plus spokesmen for each 
of the four major networks. 

The Senator’s bill which would amend the 1934 Radio Act 
would (1) prohibit any standard AF (amplitude modulation) station from 
obtaining more than 50,000-watt power and (2) reouire the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission to break down all of the remaining Class 1-A 
Clear channels in the United States. 

Louis G. Caldvjell, counsel for 16 major radio outlets, told 
the Senate Committee on I^onday that there are too many small radio 
stations in almost every city in the United States. I’r. Caldwell 
represents 16 of the 24 clear channel stations in the United States, 
including the Chicago Tribune’s WGN for whom he is counsel, 

I'^aintaining that the argument over the Johnson Bill is not 
a fight between different groups of broadcasters, but a battle between 
many millions of rural listeners who want better service and commer¬ 
cial interests who want more city outlets, I'r. Caldwell continued: 

’’Enactment of the Johnson bill will simply open the flood¬ 
gates for many more stations furnishing service only to cities and 
their immediate environs.” 

James H. DeUitt, Jr., President of Station V/SF, Nashville, 
told the Committee that under the existing international agreement, 
if the United States omened up the ’’clear channels'* for multiple use 
and that stations in T'exico, Cuba and Canada would begin using the 
same frenuencies and a '’valuable natural resource’* would be lost for 
all time. 

Fr. DeV/itt contended that it would be as foolhardy to give 
away radio channels to foreign nations as it would be to hand Russia 
uranium for atomic bombs and so he opposed the bill which would clamp 
a fifty-kilowatt celling on pov^er of broadcasting stations and thus 
permit more than one station on ''clear channels” at night. 

A Committee flareup occurred during the testimony of 
James D. Shouse, "^resident of the Crosley Broadcasting Co. in Cincin¬ 
nati, Ohio, on Tuesday. Acting Chairman Homer Capehart (R), of 
Indiana, gave Fr. Shouse permission to read a 31-page statement into 
the record. 

Senator Johnson, ranking minority member, v/alked out in a 
huff from a hearing on his controversial radio bill after accusing 
Senator Capehart of violating Committee procedure. 

’’If the rules continue to be violated, I’m not going to 
stay”, he said as he left. 


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Senator Capehart said he had no intention of violating 
the rules and later in the afternoon Senator Johnson returned, 

Mr. Shouse told the Committee the clear channel stations 
are not an economic threat to the local radio station. Crosley»s 
WLW station is now and would have to remain a 50 kilowatt station 
under the Johnson Bill, but has once been and would like to be 
again a 500,000 watt station. 

Senator Charles V/. Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, the then 
Acting Chairman of the Committee on Monday denounced charges that 
Congress in dealing with the Johnson Bill, is interfering with the 
administrative duties of the Federal Communications Commission, and 
his reply to contentions that he is biased in favor of Senator 
Johnson’s Bill was postponed when the Senator (Tobey) was called 
out of the city. He will make his reply on his return. 

V/illiam B. Ryan, General Manager of Station KFI, Los 
Angeles, said high-powered stations were necessary to provide some 
500,000 farmers in the "Pacific Southwest with more and better ser¬ 



Last week Justin Miller, "^resident of the National A.ssocia- 
tion of Broadcasters, appointed a special 15-man Radio Committee, 
composed of Army veterans who spear-headed the radio industry’s com- 
meration of Army Day yesterda, April 6. 

Among those named were David Sarnoff, Chairman of the Board 
of the Radio Corporation of America; ’/illiam S. ^aley, Chairman of 
the Board of the Columbia Broadcasting System; A. A. Schechter, 
Vice-'^resident of the Mutual Broadcasting System; Albert V/arner, 

Chief of the 13S Washington News Bureau, Mark Finley, ^^ublic Rela¬ 
tions Director for Don Lee; Robert E. Xintner, American Broadcasting 
System, Een R. Dyke, National Broadcasting System, James Hanrahan 
of Scripps Hov^ard Radio, Inc., of Cleveland. 


Former Governor A.lf M. Landon of Kansas on Tuesday, April 6, 
applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a construction 
permit for a new Commercial Television Broadcast Station at Denver 
Colorado, to be operated on Channel 5, 76-82 megacycles, ER"^ of "^^is. 
16.9 kilowatts, /.ur. 8.5 kilo^.?atts, and doing business as Landon 
Television Brordcast Coj Mr. Landon now operates standard radio 
stations in Denver, Leavenv^orth, Kansas, and Liberal, Kansas, but 
to date has made no W. applications, 




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^vr 3;£rp pQTT -^^5; STUDIO DEDICATION 

Formal dedice.tion of the new ‘3,000,000 T'^utual Don Lee 
television-radio broadcasting studio at 1313 North Vine Street in 
Kollyv/ood which had been set for Nay 22, has been postponed until 
completion of the building early in September* 

'Rather than take a chance against the possible risk that 
our new studios may not be perfectly engineered and acoustically 
balanced by Lay, we have decided to set a new date for the dedicatory 
program', it was stated by Lewis Allen .^eiss, Vice ^resident and 
General I'anager, after a Don Lee executive conference with acoustical 
and construction engineers, 

]^reviously, it had been planned to complete a portion of 
the huge three-acre studio in time for the dedication ceremonies. 

However a press and agency luncheon and preview on T^ay 
10th, luncheon and meeting for all Mutual and Don Lse affiliates 
on the 19th and a Mutual Board meeting on the 19th and EOth. 

’./ork, Tvhich began many months ago, on the 300,000 ’magic 
electronic brain* is alm*ost completed, according to Engineering 
Superintendent Bob Arne, 

Measuring 32’ in length and 10* in height, this giant mas¬ 
ter control board is the heart of the nev^; “3,000,000 L'utual Don Lee 
television, radio and FI" studios. Six men did the actual installa¬ 
tion in approxirately six weeks and although there is still some 
minor detail ^’^ork to be done, the control board itself is ready for 
operat ion. 

The most modern of its kind in the country, this equipment 
was custom built by the Western Electric Company following the spec¬ 
ifications set by the Don Lee Broadcasting System’s Engineering 

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By a vote of 46 to 17, the Senate on Tuesday, April 6, 
passed and sent to the House the McGrath bill to permit the District 
Commissioners to establish daylight saving each Summer in Washington 

A battle against the plan v^/as carried on by Senator Over- 
ton (D), of Louisiana, who asked that the District Commissioners be 
allowed to hold an official referendum on daylight saving time. How¬ 
ever he lost out and the bill was passed. 

According to an Associated Press report of last Saturday, 
the National Broadcasting Company and the Columbia Broadcasting 
System have begun informing affiliated stations that they intend to 
use double-time program operation ’vhen daylight saving time begins. 
This is the scheme that enables programs to remain at the same clock 
times no matter whether daylight or standard, 

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The Ruch“heralded TV Day arrived in Chicago Monday night, 
April 5th, when V/GN, the Chicago Tribune station, aired the first 
scheduled television programs with what is said to constitute a 
million dollar investment in eouipment, programs and staff. 

The official dedication of the new station took place in 
a two-hour nrogram starting at 8 o’clock, which ivas televised before 
an invited audience in the UGH studio theater. Col, Robert R. 
McCormick, editor and oublisher of the Chicago Tribune v/as to have 
delivered the ooening address but due to illness ivas unable to do so 
and his greeting was read by John Mallow, an announcer, which v/as 
as follows: 

■'Just 100 years ago tomorrow the first telegraphic message 
was reviewed in Chicago. Hinety-nine years ago The Chicago Tribune 
became the first newspaper in the west to install a telegraphic news 
service. News was brought to the Tribune by electrical impulses sent 
by wire from lichigan City, 

’’Tonight vje are sending a new type of electrical impulse 
over a radius of some 45 miles from a television antenna. We are 
sending speech and sound. Vie are transmitting extraordinarily faith¬ 
ful and brilliantly lighted images. We are operating from temporary 
studios. We are televising with new eouipment installed at a cost 
of about a half million dollars. And this, of course, is but the 

'’It is a beginning in a new medium of mass communication. 

It is a venture into new forras of engineering, advertising, reporting 
and entertainment. In what ways and to what degrees television will 
serve to inform and lead public opinion we cannot tell. How quickly 
and how effectively we can develop new skills and new themes we do 
now know. I confess that I, myself, understand appalling little 
about the technioues of television. But I do know that the men and 
women who have vrorked so skillfully to make our first telecast pos¬ 
sible have served with courage, intelligence and enthusiasm. You and 
I owe them our admiration and thanks, 

■‘Finally, since this is a pioneering venture, I should like 
to record my o\m feelings in having a part in it. The pioneer, of 
course, sought new lands, new opportunities, new wealth and a finer 
future. But he also ^sought something else. And that somethin?? was 
not material. The -oioneer sought new scenes and new horizons. He 
felt that in casting off the old he was adventuring toward something 
more splendid and more saacious. He marked out the trail, not only 
for hirself, but for others. He went among the first and there was 
high adventure in his going. 

'■It is ■this feeling of adventure that I would communicate 
to you. In television we have embarked upon another of /.merica’s 
a ventures. Come along with us. Let us share the adventure togetherl*' 

Gov, Dwight H, Green of Illinois and Mayor ;"artin H, 
Aenneily of Chicago were among the spea'Kers, 

■'GN-TV operates on Channel nine, 
power of 30 kilowatts, which should insure 

with an ^factive radiated 
televiewers v/ithin a 

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45-mile radius of the antenna atop the Daily News Building a clearer 
and sharper image than has previously been possible, providing re¬ 
ceivers are properly adjusted. 

The Chicago Tribune on Sunday, April 4, issued in the laun¬ 
ching of the WGN-T^'‘ telecasting Monday night by a special 40-page 
television supplement in which were printed several art ides based 
on interviews with */ayne Coy, Chairman of the Federal Communications 
Commission; J. R. Poppele, President of Television Broadcasters^ 
Association and Mutual Broadcasting System Director; Gov. Dwdght 
Green and Mayor Martin H. Kennelly. Also there was a signed article 
by Frank Schrsiber, General Manager of WGM, Inc. 

Larry Molters, Radio and Television Editor of the Tribune , 
wrote in part as follows: 

'^The television boom is on. Spreading westward across the 
nation. It has embraced the middle west, with Chicago as its focal 
point. With VirGN-T"^^ going on the aire regularly, starting tomorrow, 
Chicago gets its second commercial television station, the other be¬ 
ing WBKB, operated by Balaban and Katz, Four stations and regional 
networks are in prospect for Chicago viewers this year. 

'’Two more video outlets are exnected to open in September: 
WFBO,, National Broadcasting Company, and American Broad¬ 

casting Comoany. An experimental station, W9XZ^/, is operated by 
the Zenith Radio Corporation. Applications for the three remaining 
channels available to Chicago (limited to seven under Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission allocations) have been made by liYBBI'-CBS, WJID, 
WBTD and Zenith. ’^ ' - 

'’Some 16,000 video receivers already have been distributed 
in Chicago (30,000 in the middle west) and the teleset count is ex¬ 
pected to surge upward rapidly as VJGI''-T''^ comes on the air to give 
viewers many new program features, 

'’Already in the forefront of television receiver and parts 
manufacture, Chicago is moving into the spotlight as a program or¬ 
igination center. Because of its strategic location at the cross¬ 
roads of the nation and the wide variety of its educational and enter¬ 
tainment features, Chicago, along with New York and Hollywood, will 
lead the way in both regional and national telecasting as it did in 
radio development 25 years earlier. 

'Numerous television program production companies, which 
will offer both live talent and film features, are springing up in 
Chicago, Fomrard looking Chicago advertisers are blazing trails in 
using the new medium to tell their sales stories, 

'Chicago soon is expected to become the hub of regional 
networks reaching out to I'ilwaukee, Detroit, St, Louis, Cleveland, 
Cincinnati, and Minneapolis - central states cities which already 
have television, 

’a spokesman for the American Telephone and Telegraph Com¬ 
pany recently announced that it expected to have two television chan¬ 
nels - One operating in each direction - ready in October (for the 
football season) reaching from St, Louis, through Chicago to Cleve¬ 
land, One channel would be available to carry programs from this 
network to Buffalo by Fall."' ' ' " " ’ 

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Dr. Robert T. Lustig of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has report¬ 
ed a discovery from Germany that certain parts of the body are con¬ 
trolled by impulses that do not travel over nerve trunks but over 
'human radio waves'. Dr. Lustig was sent to Germany by the United 
States to make a study of the progressfceing made there in bio¬ 
physics, The radio transmission theory was credited to Dr. B, 
Rathjewsky, Director of the Kaiser ^/ilhelm Institute in Frankfort-on- 
the-l'ain in Germany, 

Dr, Rajewsky's theories of human radio waves are compli¬ 
cated, Dr, Lustig said, but 'they explain many mysteries in inter¬ 
relationships in body mechanisms," 

"The impulses', he explained, "come from tissues - mostly 
from the brain - and strike a response with certain distant tissues 
in the same way that a radio sending station need not be wired to a 
receiver. Dr. Rajewsky determined human cells are miniature oscil¬ 

Some of the theories, Dr, Lustig added, still are consider¬ 
ed controversial. He said Dr, Rajewsky intended to visit this country 
to explain his findings more fully, 



The Commerce and Industry Association of New York reports, 
according to the New York Times , that it does not believe it wise 
to license radio repairmen. Such licensing, the Association said, 
would not automatically curbe abuses, particularly overcharging, in 
the field of set repair. It would be preferable at this time, the 
group added, if support vjere given to the efforts of set manufactur¬ 
ers, dealers and repairmen to police their own industry. 

A major problem in connection with licensing radio repair¬ 
men, the Association noted, was the rapid rate of new developments 
in the radio and television arts, A license issued at the first of 
the year would not necessarily attest to a man’s ability to repair 
"new and revolutionary eouipment* which appeared on the market a few 
months later, the report said. 

The Association, acting as a public representative, made 
its study of the licensing of radio repairmen at the reruest of City 
Councilman Stanley N, Isaacs, I’r, Isaacs is considering the intro¬ 
duction of a bill to make such licensing mandatory. The Associa¬ 
tion’s report was signed by Thomas Jefferson Tiley, Executive ^’’ice- 

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Edgar Kobak, President of the Mutual Broadcasting System 
was elected President of the Radio Pioneers at a dinner meeting held 
last Friday night in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, suc¬ 
ceeding Mark Woods, President of the iunerican Broadcasting Company, 
as head of the organization whose members all have had £0 years or 
more of direct association with the radio industry* 

Other officers elected at the meeting were: Frank Mullen, 
Executive Vice-President of the National Broadcasting Comcany as 
First Vice-President of the group; William Hedges, NBC^Vice-Presi¬ 
dent in charge of planning and development as Second Vice-President 
and Secretary; Alfred H. Morton, President of the National Concert 
Artists Bureau, Vice-President and Treasurer. New vice-presidents 
named by the Radio Pioneers are Paul Morency, Vice-President and 
General Manager of radio station WTIC, Hartford, Conn*; Arthur Church, 
owner and president of the Midland Broadcasting Co., KIvJBC, Kansas 
City, I'o,; and Edgar L. Bill, President and General Manager of radio 
station WMBD, "^eoria. Ill. 

j'lmong the more than 100 persons attending the dinner meet¬ 
ing of the Radio Pioneers v/hich discussed future operations and plans 
for expanding the organization were; lames C. "^etrillo, President 
of the American Federation of Musicians; Brig* Gen, David Sarnoff, 
President and Chairman of the Board of the Radio Corporation of Amer¬ 
ica; Judge A. L. Ashby, former Vice-President and General Counsel of 
the National Broadcasting Co.; H. V. Kaltenborn, NBC commentator and 
founder of the organization. 

Others attending included Frank C. Goodman, Executive 
Secretary of the Department of National Religious Radio of the Feder¬ 
al Council of Churches of Christ in America; Orrin E. Dunlap, Jr*, 
Vice-President in charge of advertising and publicity for RCA; John 
Royal, NBC Vice-President; and Phillips Carlin, Vice-President in 
charge of programs for the l/litual Broadcasting System, 

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William E, Do’vney, Assistant Chief of the Field Engineer¬ 
ing and Monitoring Division of the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion has retired after 30 years of Government radio service. About 
100 FCC colleagues attended a testimonial party on March 31, and he 
has received messages from many friends in the field as v\7ell as 

Mr, Dov/ney entered Federal service on May 11, 1918, as an 
Assistant Radio Inspector with the San Francisco District of the 
Department of Commerce. He later became Assistant Chief of that 
Department’s Radio Division, He joined the Washington staff of the 
Federal Radio Commission in 1927 and continued to serve under the FCC 
established in 1934, After being put in charge of the v/ar-time 
Radio Intelligence Division for the South Pacific /.rea until peace 
was restored, he became Asst, Chief of the then newly-organized Field 
Engineering and I'onitoring Division, 


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Wrist Watches And Democracy 
(Drew Pearson, '’Washington Post'*) 

When Russian troops got into Berlin, they were dazzled 
even by Hitler's disrupted and shoddy civilization^ They bought 
v/rist watches by the bushel. They piled horsecarts full of all sorts 
of material things. This was a new world. They never knew such 
things existed. They had heard only I'oscow's propaganda that commun¬ 
ism produced the best of all things, and for the first time they be¬ 
gan to have their doubts. 

That's why there have been so many Red army desertions in 
occupied Eurone. 

Remembering this, I have been thinking it might be a good 
idea to beam a radio program to Russia and other semi-iron-curtain 
countries, offering a hundred wrist watches as prizes for the best 
letters on how to bring about a democratic peace with the USA - on 
how to make peace and democracy live. 

For the chance to get a wrist v^atch thousands of Russians 
and other Europeans v;ould keen their ears glued to the radio day and 
night. Not only would they do some snecial thinking about peace aid 
democracy but incidentally they would hear a lot more of the State 
Department's propaganda broadcasts. Most important of all, they 
would do some thinking about friendship with the United States. 

Naybe I'm wrong, but somehov; I think the idea might work. 

At any rate you can't beat something with nothing. You can't like 
phony ideas except by getting better ideas to take their places. And 
we can't sit watching the world drift toward war wdthout doing some¬ 
thing about it, 

Perhaos we could stage a ouick trial of the idea in Italy 
where democracy is fighting a vital front-line battle, then later 
warm up to a longer radio barrage to the Russian people on hov/ to 
make democracy live. 

Vacuum Tube Used As Record ''Needle"; New Noise Suppressor 

(T. R. Kennedy, Ir., "New York Tii^ies *) 

A tiny phonograph pick-up, actually a small vacuum tube 
with a jeweled needle projecting from its tip; a novel nolse'’suppres- 
sor", and a new, high ouality loud speaker - comprising the latest 
such devices from the ^rinceton Laboratories of the Radio Corpora¬ 
tion of America - received their first public showing in March before 
several hundred acoustic experts. The occasion was the first offic¬ 
ial meeting of the new Audio Engineering Society, 

The tiny pick-up is no larger than a one-inch section of a 
lead pencil and v/eighs a fraction of an ounce. The noise suppressor 
it is said, is not only effective in nhonograph-record reproduction, 
but also in broadcasting. 

The noise suppressor was particularly effective when old 
and partly worn-out records were played. It onerates on the princinle 
that a small amount of the music, v’hen the disk is clayed, invariably 
is 'masked' by the noise and cannot be heard clearly, if at all. 


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Senator Charles W* Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, Acting 
Chainnan of the Senate Interstate And Foreign Commerce Committee, 
announced his engagement today (Wednesday, April 7) to Mrs, Loretta 
Rabenhorst, , 53, a retired District school teacher. The 67-year 
old Senator, whose first wife died last year after a long illness, 
said that the marriage would take place late this year. 

Mutual-Don Lee affiliate KYOS in Merced, California, has 
been granted a construction permit for an increase in power to 
5,000 watts on a new freauency of 1480 kc. It is expected that KYOS 
will start operating with this new increase in power on their new 
frequency about September 1st, 

Another NBC-produced newsreel - bringing to nine the 
total of filmed news shows on NBC’s Television’s East Coast network 
weekly - will be added to the video schedule tonight (April 7), 

David E, Kahn, Chairman of the Board of Radio and Televi¬ 
sion, Inc,, conferred with President Truman at the ii/hite House 
Monday morning. 

A new television receiver permitting movement of a ten- 
inch direct view picture tube from side to side over a sixty degree 
arc was shown in New York last week by the Crosley Division, Avco 
Manufacturing Corp,, in a press preview in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. 
The receiver is part of a console combination housing AM-M and 
short wave radio reception and an automatic record changer. It will 
list for f;795 plus installation and Federal tax, 

Quantity shipments are being made of the new receiver to 
distributors in all regions with television transmission facilities. 

Federal Communications Commission hearings involving three 
suburban radio stations in Washington that are seeking a V/ashington 
FI'' channel were Dostponed Monday until April 26 after an attorney 
asked for more time to study the case. 

Involved in the hearings are the Montgomery Wj. Broadcasting 
Co, (Station V/HIP), the Potomac Broadcasting Co. (Station/WPIK) and 
the North Virginia Broadcasters, Inc, (Station WARL), The three com¬ 
panies seek the one remaining Class B freruency allotted by the FCC 
for broadcasting to Metrooolitan V/ashington, 

T.A.M. Craven, Vice-President of the Cowles Broadcasting 
Co, in V/ashington and General Manager of WOL, Washington, was re¬ 
elected a Director-at-Large of the medium sized stations of the 
National Association of Broadcasters, 

Permission has Just been granted by the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission for the construction of what it is said will be the 
largest limited common carrier radio-telephone system in the country, 
authorizing the U-Dryvit Auto Rental Co., Inc,, Cambridge, I''ass,, to 
establish fixed station and mobile radio-telephonefacilities in 21 
cities throughout New England and New York State, 

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A new line of 3|-inch panel instruments of internal~pivot 
design, suitable for use in radio, power supplies, transmitters, 
amplifiers, and aircraft, has been announced by the I’eter and Instru¬ 
ment Divisions of the General Electric Company, 

The new instruments, designated as Type D0~71, have been 
especially designed for better readability. The elimination of arc 
lines and distracting printing from the scale and the use of a lance- 
type pointer and large, clear numerals assure accurate readings, 

Thomas "Patrick, Inc,, Station KWK, St. Louis, Mo., last 
Friday was granted a petition recuesting that the Commission revoke 
its order of Sept. 19, 1947, designated for hearing application of 
KViK to change its facilities, and that it reinstate the CP granted 
April 30, 1947, on condition that it protect V^T'SP, St. Petersburg, 
and T8MBG, Richmond; accepted supplement to said petition, and the 
technical exhibit submitted therewith as an amendment to the above 
application, and granted application to increase night pov/er from 
1 to 5 IT./, install a DA for night use, subject to reaffirmation by 
CAa of its aporoval of transDiitter site and antenna system. 

I. H. (Robby) Robinson, a veteran in the radio and electron¬ 
ics wholesaling field, has been appointed Manager of the Farnsworth 
Television & Radio Corporation’s newly established New York distribu¬ 
ting branch at 108 West 57th Street. 

V/ell known to radio-television wholesalers and retailers 
throughout the New York metropolitan area, Mr, Robinson was Vice- 
President and Sales Manager of Kings Electronics Co., Brooklyn, 
before accepting the new post. 

RCA Victor announces the opening of its 1948 billboard 
campaign with the release of the first in a series of three multi¬ 
colored, illustrated £4-sheets featuring various models in the com¬ 
pany’s home instrument line. 

The initial issue features the table model Victrola radio- 
phonograph combination (Model 77U), and will be followed at scheduled 
intervals by posters highlighting the Hepplewhite-styled Victrola 
radio-phonograph console (Model 711V3) and the 1948 version of RCA 
Victor’s popular aluminum and plastic Globe Trotter portable radio 
(Model 8BX6), 

February sales of radio receiving tubes by RMA manufactur¬ 
ers totalled 17,097,461, more than a million above the 16,004,927 
tubes sold in January, the Radio Manufacturers’ Association reported 
, last Friday, April 2. This comoares also with 18,295,955 tubes sold 
by RIv:A. member-companies in February, 1947. 

j Of the February total sales 12,908,212 tubes were sold for 

new sets; 3,005,092 for replacements; 1,117,295 for exports, and 
66,862 to government agencies. 

Seven radio receiving sets, a gift from the officers and 
men at the United States Charleston Naval Yard, were presented Tuesd- 
! ay to the officers and men of the seven gunboats purchased by the 
Cuban Government from the United States last year* The presentation 
took place at La ^unta naval headquarters. The U. S. naval forces 
I became acquainted with the members of the Cuban navy when they were 
at Charleston preparing to bring the gunbaots to Cuba. The radios 
;j are intended for the recreation rooms of the vessels, 


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Founded in 1924 


Radio — Television 

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2400 California Street, N, W. 

Washington 8, D. C. 


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Senator Tobey, Raymond Gay, NBC, Slug It Out Over FM-TV.....1 

FCC Grants Six Experimental Nicrowave Stations To W..U.4 

Final Decision In New York FM Cases; Denied N.Y. Daily News.5 

Gene Buck Re-Elected Director Of A3CAP... 5 

RMA Reports Increased Transmitting Equipment Sales In 1947.6 

Hearing On Editor ializat ion By Broadcast Licensees Resumed.........6 

Television Studied At AIJ\A Meet In Virginia.,.^.7 

Maj. Armstrong, Inventor Of FLi, Applies For Television Permit.....8 

Nearly 100 Television Stations Authorized, FCC Reports....8 

Television Company Formed In Brazil..... 

Dr. Dellinger, First Chief Engineer Of FCC, To Retire....... .9 

ABC’s WIZ-FJ/I To Go On Air Soon.......9 

Mutual Conclave Vlill Emphasize Network Television. .....10 

IVTOP's Maurice Mitchell To Demonstrate Recorder Technique...10 

R.E.C. To Honor ABC With Three Peabody Awards. 11 

CBS Adds Nine Television Stations To Network... 11 

■’Voice'' Offers Italians "Democracy" Essay Prizes...11 

Some For - Some Agin* Radios On Trolleys.....12 

Scissors And Paste ...... 13 

Trade Notes...... 


April 14, 1948 


No television sports event was more exciting than a hot ver¬ 
bal exchange between Senator Charles V/. Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, 
Acting Chairman of the Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Commit¬ 
tee, and Raymond F. Guy, Director of Radio and Allocation Engineering 
for the National Broadcasting Company, over the Federal Communications 
Commission’s kicking W. upstairs, whether RCA did or did not try to 
hamstring FM, and whether or not the public is being "bamboozled” by 
the present-day television receivers and setup. 

The blov;-up came in the Senate hearings of the Interstate 
Commerce Commission on Senator Johnson’s radio bill (S-2E31) but for 
the time being both Nr. Johnson and his bill seemed to be lost in the 

Being on the day that the dapper 67 year old Senator had 
announced his marriage engagement, he was in his best form, but young 
Fr, Guy stood his ground very well indeed, not knowing that such a 
ferocious attack was to be made on him. 

Perhaps the best idea of the scrimmage is a glance at the 
following verbatim excerpts: 

Senator Tobey . V/ith reference to television, it is coming all the 
time, and I realize that. Do you not think that the purchasers of 
television instruments in the country now are going to be awfully 
bamboozled and fooled and lose out terribly'^ 

Mr. Guy . No, sir. 

Senator Tobey . You do not? 

Mr, Guy . No, sir. 

Senator Tobey . Do you think it is good faith to sell them these in¬ 
struments now in the lower range when it is going to be boosted up 
later on and reouire an adapter and entire change of philosophy? 

Mr, Guy . Oh, no, sir. I don’t think we are going to move out of these 

Senator Tobey. You know we are going to move television up before we 
get through, do you not*^ They are going to have to, are they not'^ 
iJir. Guy. I don’t think we are going to give up the use of the present 
band for a very long time, if ever. 

Senator Tobey . How long would you put it*^ Ever? That is a long time. 
Mr, Guy. It is a long time, Senator. But we are going through an 
evolutionary stage and I am certain that the freouencies that we are 
now using are going to be in use for a great many years. 

Senator Tobey , Speaking of television*^ 

Mr, Guy, Television, yes, sir. 

Senator Tobey . You think it is good faith to sell the American people 
the present instruments*’ 

Mr, Guy . I'^ost emphatically. 

Senator Capehart . I would like to get in on this. It is interesting. 

I do not ouite understand. 


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Senator Tobey. I think the instrument of television of the future 
is going to be so widely different from the present time that pur¬ 
chasers of the present time will be sold down the river in five 
years' time. 

Senator Capehart . Do you think that will heppan by virtue of some 
law Congress will pass? 

Senator Tobey. ITo. 

Senator Capehart. It is not clear to me what it is all about. 

Senator Tobey. ^I^erely this. The purchasers of FI.: in the old days 
were kicked upstairs. YIH was, and they had to revolutionize Fl^^. 

You know that. A great loss ensued to the manufacturers and pur¬ 
chasers and all. There v/as inconvenience, and hell was to pay. 

Mr. Guy . Yes, sir. I might remind you -- 

Senator Tobey . History is going to repeat itself in television, in 
my judgment, 

Mr.Guy . I might remind you that the companies I represent - The 

National Broadcasting Company and the RCA. The National Broadcast¬ 
ing Company introduced testimony advocating that FM remain down¬ 
stairs . 

Senator Tobey . But it was kicked upstairs, was it not? 

Mr. Cuy . Yes, sir. 

Senator Tobey . By virtue of one man's rotten opinion, which was not 
worth a damn, the Commission took his opinion as against the best 
experts in the country. You know that. He is now confessing he 
is to blame for it and his opinion was faulty. You know that, do 
you not? I am referring to Norton. 

Mr, Guy . I would just as soon not become involved in that. 

Senator Tobey . I do not blame you a bit. Thereby hangs several tale 

Mr. Guy . Our feeling in the comoanies I represent, sir, is this: It 
took some time to arrive at satisfactory standards of transm.ission 
which was accomplished in 1940. It took a little time to decide, 
that is, for the Government to decide, where FM was going to be, 

RCA and NBC have accepted the government's decision and we have 
gone ahead and gotten busy with the job and have not vacillated or 
done anything else to hold it up. ^Je have been out in front, in 

Senator Tobey. In what way are you speaking, FM or television? 

Mr. Guy . In FM. 

Senator Tobey . And RCA did all they could to hamstring FM some years 
ago and keep it from being what it is today, did they not? 

Mr. Guy . No, sir. 

Senator Tobey . It did its damndest. 

Mr. Guy . No, it didn't. 

Senator Tobey . I think history will record that. I make that charge 
right now. 

Mr. Guy . And I refute it, sir. 

Senator Tobey . You and I have different opinions. I think it can be 
demonstrated beyond Question, They blacklisted the thing as hard 
as they could, did everything they could to keep Armstrong down; 

*’a bas'’, as the French say. They failed miserably because the val¬ 
ues were there. They did their damndest to ruin FM and keep it 
from being where it is now. 

Mr. Guy . May I say a few things on that subject? 

Senator Tobey . Yes, sir. 

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Mr. Guy ; I don’t want to say much, I want to say just this: NBC 
became interested and RCA, too, in hov/ M might be adapted to 
broadcasting in these very high freouencies. We had built a very 
special transmitter v/hich could transmit either AM or M on various 
freouency swings. We had built very expensive and special receiv¬ 
ers which could receive each one of those types of transmission. 

We conducted a very thorough field test. We found out that FM was 
very good for the purpose. We went before the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission and said that that was exactly what we wanted. 

V/e advocated that M become immediately a commercial broadcasting 

Senator Tobey , I am speaking of prior to that time. We need not go 
pto ancient history, but it is a fact recognized by men in the 
industry that RCA did all they could to preclude FI^ becoming uni¬ 
versally adopted, l^en they saw it was a good thing, they tried 
to buy it and could not. So they have gone ahead and followed tne 
course of events. But they did their damndest, and I make that 
charge very respectfully, to hamstring and to keep down and sub¬ 
ordinate FM as long as they dared to do it or could do it, within 
reasonable realsm. I can give that any substantiation necessary* 
But that is beside the ouestion. Go ahead. 

Mr. Guy . If I could, I would like to terminate this particular as¬ 
pect of FM with this statement: RCA was alert to the things that 
were being said about it and its presumed ¥11 policy which went on 
through the years, but felt that it did not recuire anything being 
said in return. We felt that it was not reasonable, the things 
that were being said. 

Finally in a lengthy hearing the RCA introduced a lengthy 
statement which explained its position down through the years. I 
would like to rest on the statement that was made by Dr. Jolliffe 
at the lengthy hearing. 

Senator Tobey . I would like to rest on Dr. Armstrong’s statement. 

Senator Capehart . Again I say I do not ouite understand all of the 
testimony and conversation here. I would like to say this: I hold 
no brief for Dr. Armstrong and I hold no brief for RCA, but I would 
like to question the advisability of a Senate Committee taking part 
either in behalf of Armstrong or in behalf of RCA, and I would like 
to question the advisability of a Senate Committee promoting tele¬ 
vision or promoting FM or promoting MU or promoting any other type 
of electronics equipment. I want the record to show that I do not 
think that belongs in any Senate hearing, and I regret that it has 
been brought in. 

Senator Tobey . The ouestion is overruled. In propriety this commit- 
tee is charged with Al£ and FM and all radio matters. As far as I 
am concerned, it can go any time, any place into matters bearing 
on the radio industry and its future or past or the performance of 
the FCC, which I think should be condemned most roundly in many, 
many instances. I have in ray desk in the office accepted evidence 
agreed to by the FCC Chairman and his cohorts whereby they altered 
furtively and secretly certain records of the evidence in this 
case, and the new record entirely obliterated any blame applying 
to I^r. Norton, whereas before it set forth the mistake he had made 
and was certified to. That was all changed secretly and the record 
has been cleared and the truth concealed from the public. 


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Senator Tobey.{Continued) These are the things, gentlemen, that 
ought to have the light of day. As far as I am concerned, they 
are going to any time, any place, anywhere. 

Senator Capehart . Your criticism, then, is directed not at the 
industry but at the Governmental agency? 

Senator Tobey . It is directed at a certain branch of the industry 
and the FCC. They have been in cahoots before, and may be again - 
Not if I have my way, however, 

Fra Guy . Gentlemen, I would like also to have in the record that I 
regret exceedingly that this matter came up at all in this hearing. 

I feel that possibly it establishes in the minds of one of you 
gentlemen perhaps some hostility toward me as a witness* 

Senator Tobey . Not a bit. You looked good to me and I think prob¬ 
ably you are very good. Nothing of the sort, sir. The cause is 
bigger than you or me. Personalities have no place here or any¬ 
where else, but principles do have, and maladministration does 
have, and deciet does have, and strong-arm tactics do have. That 
is what f'is committee ought to stand foursouare against, and I 
think it will. 

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 3|' ^ >v ^ ^ ^ >■ > ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ < 

Mr, Guy , * * So our position in respect to the job to be ac¬ 

complished in the Johnson Bill is that this is a very, very valu¬ 
able resource which will fit into the broadcasting system of the 
future as years go by to provide better service to the rural 
popularion, the kind of service that nature provided those chan¬ 
nels for.* 

Senator Tobey . You and I were speaking about television. Do you 
regard the present allocation of television as one which would per¬ 
mit a nation-wide television service*^ 

Mr. Guy . V/e would like to have more channels. Sometime perhaps we 
will have more. We do have this so-called upstairs television ra¬ 
tion, and maybe that will be pressed into service with black and 
white television sooner than had been anticipated, 

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FCC grants six EXPERB-CENTAL microv/ave stations to w.u. 

The Federal Communications Commission last week granted 
construction permits for six experimental Class 2 microwave stations 
(8 transmitters) to link Philadelphia and New York. Grant for termi¬ 
nal stations at those cities is conditional on approval of antennas 
and location yet to be determined. Western Union contemplates pro¬ 
viding two single television relay channels (video only) between 
these points. Such service, on a commercial basis, would be in the 
5925-6425 Me band allocated to common carriers. A reversible circuit 
is nroposed to permit use of two freouencies for transmitting the vis¬ 
ual portion of television programs in either direction. This is the 
first authorization of this nature to V/estern Union. 

It is understood the project is to be ready in time for 
the national political conventions. 

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The Federal Communications Commission in announcing its 
final decision last week in the New York FM cases, granted five con¬ 
struction permits for Class B FM stations in the New York City and 
Northern New Jersey area, and denied the motion of the News Syndic¬ 
ate, publisher of the New York Daily News, and the Methodist Church 
Board of Missions. The final action was a partial reversal of the 
FCC’s two earlier decisions, having formerly been selected from a 
group of seventeen applications to receive favorable consideration. 

At the same time the Commission announced its final deci¬ 
sion, it issued a new Memorandum Opinion and order denying the motion 
of the News Syndicate to strike from the record in the New York FL^ 
cases, evidence presented by the American Jewish Congress relating 
to the content and policies of the New York Daily and Sunday News. 

The Commission’s final decision on the application discussed the 
weight to be given to the American Jewish Congress testimony and, 
with Commissioner Durr dissenting, held that no findings or conclu¬ 
sions should be based upon such testimony. 

The Commission said that after ’’careful consideration, it 
found that two of the five available W. channels should be allocated 
to the northern New Jersey area. The choice among the remaining 
applicants for New York was '’a difficult one”, the Commission said, 
since all appeared to be oualified to operate stations. 

Those granted the five Class B FM stations available were: 

American Broadcasting Co., Inc., New York; Unity Broad¬ 
casting Corn., of Mew York; W.CA, Inc., New York; North Jersey Broad¬ 
casting Co.. Inc., Paterson, N. J.; and North Jersey Radio, Inc., 
Newark, N. J 

Those to whom acplications were denied in addition to the 
News Syndicate, Inc. {N. Y. Daily News) and the Methodist Church 
Board of Missions, were: 

V/BNX Broadcasting Co., Inc., New York; Debs Memorial Radio 
Fund, Inc., New York; Freouency Broadcasting Corp., Brooklyn, N.Y.; 
Bernard Fein, New York; V/LIB, Inc. , New York; "Peoples Radio Founda¬ 
tion, Inc., New York; Metropolitan Broadcasting Service, New York; 
N.M.U. Broadcasting Co., Inc., New York; Amalgamated Broadcasting 
System, Inc., and Radio Projects, Inc., Newark, N. J. 



The American Society of Composers, Authors, and “l^ublishers 
last week announced the re-election of seven out of eight of its 
Directors, whose terms expire tMs year, according to an announce¬ 
ment made by Deems Tavlor, President of the Society. 

John J, O’Connor, who declined renomination, was replaced 
by J. J. Robbins. Those re-elected for three-year terras were Gene 
Buck, Ray Henderson, John T. Howard, George ’7. Meyer, Max Dreyfus, 
Donald Gray and Jack Mills. 

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Sales of broadcast transmitter equipment by members of 
the RMA Transmitter Division, including AJiT, M, TV and studio appar¬ 
atus, totalled §25*8 million in 1947, the Radio Manufacturers’ Associ¬ 
ation, reported Monday. Domestic transmitter eouipment sales amount¬ 
ed to $25,015,677, and export sales totalled $1,853,104. 

AIv? Transmitter enuipment sales for the year amounted to 
$5,762,782; FM apparatus totalled $4,471,042, and television trans¬ 
mitting apparatus aggregated $5,304,378. Exports of transmitter 
equipment amounted to $932,627; studio equipment to $872, 735; 
antenna equipment to $15,748; and miscellaneous apparatus to $31,994. 

U.S. Government business alone by RT'IA transmitter equip¬ 
ment manufacturers last year amounted to $135,623,975. This includ¬ 
ed $85,782,406 in sales of shipboard transmitting enuipment;$26,563- 
668 of airborne apparatus; and $23,277,901 of all other equipment. 

Domestic sales of airborne transmitting eouipment in 1947 
totaled $3,971,025; ground eouipment $212,356* Export sales of air¬ 
borne and ground transmitting eouipment amounted to $655,152. 

Reports of the General Communications Section, of the 
Rf/IA Transmitter Division, show a total of $9,631,332 in sales during 
1947 of medium and VIIF transmitting eouipmeng. 

Marine transmitting eouipment sales in 1947 totaled 
$3,536,312, including export sales of Cl,062,132. Domestic sales 
of radar equipment amounted to $1,073,780. 

Export and domestic sales of quartz crystals last year 
amounted to $1,086,439, of v/hich $1,038,941 were domestic sales, 



Order of testimony for the resumed ’’Mayflower rule” hear¬ 
ing, in the matter of editorialization by broadcast licensees, will 
reconvene April 19, was announced last week by the Federal Communica¬ 

V/itnesses for the National Association of Broadcasters 
will lead off in the testimony, beginning v/ith its President, Justin 
Miller, followed by Executive Vice j^resident A. D, Willard, Jr., 
General Counsel Don Petty, Director of Public Relations Robert K. 
Richards, Program Department Director Harold Fair, and Special Ser¬ 
vices Director Arthur Stringer, 

After which the following witnesses will appear: Berl 
Lottridge, V/OC, Ralph Hardy, KSL, Phil Miller, Gannett Nev/spapars, 
V/illiam ^uarton, VMT, William J. Scripps, Vf//J, Dr. Frederick Siebert, 
University of Illinois; E. R, Vadeboncoeur, WSYR, United Automobile 
V/orkers, CIO; Progressive Citizens of America; Gordon P. Brown, ^M3AY; 

T. A.I^, Craven, V/OL; Louis G. Caldwell, WGN, Frank Waldrop, American 
Veterans Committee, National Lawyers Guild, Cooperative League of 

U. S;,A. and James L. Fly. 

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At the meeting of the American Association of Advertising 
Agencies held last week In Virginia, those present and representing 
various advertising groups went in for the study of television as an 
advertising medium in a big way. The different ascects of the tele¬ 
vision industry - past, present and future - were described by various 
advertising specialists, among whom were Dr. Peter Langhoff, Director 
of Research of Young & Rubicam, l/alter Craig of Benton & Bowles, and 
Kenneth W. Hinks, I, V/alter Thompson Co. 

Jack Gould, Radio Editor of the New York Times, one of the 
speakers in the TV panel, warned the 4 A’s of diminished returns as 
a result of too much repetition of visual commercials. The spontan¬ 
eity of the '"live*’ show most vividly conveys the uninueness of tele¬ 
vision, he said, but noted that '’as a matter of blunt fact, the tele¬ 
vision set owner who is not an addict of sports or old travelogues 
probably will get at the moment only occasional enjoyment from his 
receiver on I'^onday through Friday evenings. He also proposed that 
advertising agencies use credit lines on television programs and 
declared that agencies will have unprecedented power to influence the 
American mind through their part in supplying the editorial content 
of programs. 

Dr. Langhoff predicted that television will be expensive 
in its early stages but he looked for lowering costs as the number 
of sets increases and as network circuits feel the effects of compe¬ 
tition among communications companies. High networking costs, he 
said, suggest careful study of substitutes such as film recordings 
and points of orogram origin not traditional in radio. 

’’For both radio and television entertainment the American 
public excects the advertiser to pick up the check”, he said, '*In 
radio the advertiser fights for the privilege. Uill he in televi¬ 
sion*^ That deoends on whether or not he is convinced or has a reason¬ 
ably strong belief that television produces results commensurate with 
its cost.” 

Representative Carl E. I^undt (R), of South Dakota, speak¬ 
ing at the annual banquet, declared that the new United States Inform¬ 
ation Service, of v^hich the ’’Voice of America’ broadcasts are a part, 
and '’the slow but steady evolvement of a new American foreign policy 
constitute two bright soots in the welter of confusion and contradic¬ 
tions which darken the world picture in these days of educated uncer¬ 
tainty.” These factors, he said, "give promise of a new potency in 
the effort of this country to wage a peace so successfully that com¬ 
munism can be curbed abroad before it proceeds to plunge the world 
into war.” 




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The Federal Communications Commission last week received a 
reauest for an experimental television station in the '’upstairs*' 
band, which he has long contended is the proper place for television, 
from Maj. Edwin H. Armstrong, inventor of FI.'!. In his application 
he asked for authority to use 480-500 me with 50-kw transmitter 
power fulltime "plus as much antenna gain as appears proper for the 
television system." 

The freouencies I'ajor Armstrong has applied for, which 
would be located at his laboratories in Alpine, N, I., are at the 
lower end of the band currently set aside for television experimenta¬ 
tion, The band extends upward to about 900 me. 

Professor Armstrong has argued insistently that televi¬ 
sion’s home is above 400 me and that FI/ should be given some of the 
present video freouencies. It was understood he would experiment 
with both black-and-white and color video. It was in the upper band 
that the Columbia Broadcasting System sought unsuccessfully to have 
opened for commercial color television about a year ago and the col¬ 
or Question alone poses a primary problem in current discussions of 
using the band for black-and-white. 

The demand for commercial television stations within the 
present lov>?er-band allocations - ranging between 44 and 216 me - 
already has stirred both official and unofficial concern for develop¬ 
ment of the 480-900 me region. 



A total of 93 commercial television stations had been 
authorized by the Federal Communications Commission up to April 1, 
1948. Of this number, 21 were operating. This included 7 regularly 
licensed stations and 14 stations holding special temporary author¬ 
ization. Applications for new stations totaled 178. 

Television stations are operating in 13 cities - Los 
Angeles, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Chicago, Cleve¬ 
land, Detroit, Schenectady, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore 
and Washington. Authorized stations schedule service to 51 cities 
in 30 States. 


A television company has been formed in Brazil by Ass is 
Chateaubriand, a Brazilian newspaper executive, according to the 
Brazilian Government Trade Bureau,according to a report in the 
Foreign Commerce Weekly. The company will operate in Rio de Janeiro 
and Sao !=’aulo. It will be the first in Brazil, 

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After 40 years of Government service, Dr. J. H. Dellinger, 
who has been Chief of the Central Radio Propagaion Laboratory of the 
U. S. Bureau of Standards for the past two years, is to retire as of 
April 30. Prior to his assignment as head of Propagation Laboratory, 
he had been chief of the Radio Section of the Bureau for 25 years. 

He served as Chief Engineer of the Federal Radio Commis¬ 
sion from 1928 to 1929 and as Chief of the Radio Section, Research 
Division, of the Commerce Department’s Aeronautics Branch from 1926 
to 1934. During V/orld V/ar II he organized the Interservice Radio 
:'^ropagation Laboratory and served as a member of the V/ave Propagation 
Committee of the Joint Communications Board of the U. S. Joint 
Chiefs of Staff. 

It is understood that Dr* Dellinger will become radio con¬ 
sultant and advisor for a number of companies and organizations fol¬ 
lowing his retirement and v;ill also continue as Chairman of the Radio 
Technical Commission for Aeronautics, a post he has held since 1941. 


Mark Woods, President of the American Broadcasting Company, 
expressed satisfaction that the "green light" now has been given for 
the immediate presentation of WJ7-ABC programs by freouency modula¬ 
tion in the New York area. 

"The action of the Federal Communications Commission 
means", he said, "that, shortly after April 15, the complete program 
schedule of Station WJZ also will be broadcast by ViJJZ-FM. Transmit¬ 
ter equipment has been installed and tested at Lodi, N. J., site of 
WJZ’s regular broadcasting transmitter. Specially designed W. 
antenna eouipment is now being installed." 

With the advent of V/JZ-FM, the American Broadcasting Com¬ 
pany will be presenting its full program schedule in five major cit¬ 
ies of the United States - New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles 
and San Francisco. 

In addition, 74 of the 267 ABC affiliates now are duplic¬ 
ating their schedules by freouency modulation. One hundred and six 
additional ABC stations have either applied for FIT construction per¬ 
mits or have such stations under construction. 





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A report of the Mutual network’s television activities, 
both current and proposed, will be outlined to the approximately 500 
l^S station owners attending the annual meeting of MBS affiliates 
in Hollywood on Wednesday, May 19, The report will be made by Edgar 
Xobak, network president, in the new mammoth broadcasting and tele¬ 
vision studios, the $3,000,000 Mutual-Don Lee facilities in the film 
capital, which will be officially opened in September. 

Although the affiliates' meeting will consider all the 
programming and organizational matters necessary to the operation of 
"the world’s largest network", Mr. Kobak has indicated that much 
stress will be placed on the network’s television plans for 1948 and 
on a long-range basis. Already Mutual’s key station in Chicago, WON, 
is presenting regular television programming over WGN-TV, and for the 
past 16 years the Don I<ee segment of the coast-to-coast Mutual net¬ 
work has been on the air with television programs. 

In addition to the Chicago and Holljnvood television oper¬ 
ations, 35 other MBS affiliates are in various stages of television 
activity. This is particularly true, Vx. Kobak pointed out, for the 
larger city stations, such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleve¬ 
land, Bridgeport, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Miami Beach, San Francisco, 
Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston, 
Richmond and Washington, D. C, 

Other reports will be made at the meeting by Lewis Allen 
Weiss, Chairman of the Board of Mutual, a veteran Pacific Coast tele¬ 
visor; J. R. Poppele, President of the Television Broadcasters' 
Association and a Mutual Board member, W'illet Brown, the Don Lee 
program head now actively engaged in television broadcasting; E. 
James, Mutual Vice "^resident and television coordinator; and Frank 
Schreiber, Manager of WGN-TV, 



Tricks with a tape recorder will be unveiled before a 
distinguished audience at the University Club of V/ashington tonight 
(April 14) when Maurice Mitchell, General Manager of Vi/TOP, will tell 
members "V/hat’s Behind the Scenes in Radio". The University Club 
has invited a long list of Senators and^Congressmen to the demonstra 

Mr, Mitchell, during his talk, will illustrate the versa¬ 
tility and ease with which conversations and interviev/s can be 
recorded on the magnetic paper tape* 

This tape-recording techninue is used extensively by the 
VkTOP-CBS newsroom for local and network programs. 



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(For Release Thursday April 15) 


To radioes youngest network, the American Broadcasting 
Company, tomorrow (April 15) will go three of the industry’s most 
coveted honors when Peabody Awards will be made to the "’Theatre 
Guild on the Air”, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and commentator 
Elmer Davis, This is the largest number of "^eabody Awards for 1947 
received by any single broadcasting organization. 

The av/ards were presented at a luncheon meeting of the 
Radio Executives’ Club in New York’s Hotel Roosevelt by Edward ("’Ted”) 
Weeks, editor of the Atlantic Jfonthly, 

The av/ard to the "’Theatre Guild On The Air” was given 
”for outstanding entertainment in drama”; to the Boston Symphony 
Orchestra "’for outstanding entertainment in music”, and to Mr. Davis 
”for outstanding reporting-interpretation of the nev/s.” 



Network television scored its single biggest advance last 
week with the completion of arrangements adding nine more TV affili¬ 
ates to the Columbia Broadcasting System. This brings the CBS-TV 
station count to 12 (the nation’s largest), with three - in New York, 
Philadelphia and Baltimore - now on the air. 

*’Our arrangements give actual coast-to-coast dimensions 
for the first time to any television network”, Herbert V. Akerberg, 

CBS Vice President in Charge of Station Relations, pointed out. 

The additional nine stations, he said are V/FBM-TV in 
Indianacolis, Indiana; WHIO-TV, in Dayton, Ohio; WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, 
Ohio; "/BT-T"'^, Charlotte, North Carolina; V/HAS-T"^^, Louisville,Kentucky; 
V/BNS-T'^^, Columbus, Ohio; KRLD-TV, Dallas, Texas; V^NBF-T'^^, Binghamton, 
New York and KGDM-T'^r^ Stockton, California, Network arrangements 
affecting them came within a week of Columbia’s television clinic in 
New York. All have been granted construction permits by the Federal 
Communications Commission and are pushing their building activities 
and eouipment installation to go into service without delay as CBS- 
TV network stations, 



The State Department’s "’Voice of America” overseas broad¬ 
cast last week, according to The V/ashington Post , arranged to carry 
details of hov/ Italians could win prizes for essays on ”How We Can 
Keep the Peace and Make Democracy Live."’ 

The grand prize will be a farm tractor. The program also 
offers 250 wrist watches, 100 shirts, 100 pairs of shoes and 100 
radio sets. The contest, under private sponsorship, is to last un¬ 
til May 7, American firms and individuals are donating the prizes, 


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There seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for radio on trol¬ 
leys in V/ashington despite a straw vote taken among bus and street¬ 
car customers. Capital Transit Company officials claimed that 92^ 
of the riders favored the idea, but as in the controversial daylight 
savings time issue, a few votes seem to put people all in the same 
category - that they favor the plan. The poll was carried on in co¬ 
operation with a radio company and station W7DC-FI/I. 

However, the following letters tend to show that such is 
not the case: 

’’In view of news reports a few weeks ago that Capital 
Transit in V/ashington, D. C. is considering installation of radios 
in all streetcars and buses at the entire expense of the radio com¬ 
panies, I protest, and I trust many others will speak their minds for 
or against such action. 

•’Is there not more than enough noise in public traffic 
and inside and outside of cars and buses, without adding to the con¬ 
fusion by forcing those who do not wish to, to listen to radio? 

’’Please, please don’t.” 

- S. E. Davidson, Letter to the Editor, V/ashington 


”1 wish to add my voice to those who have been protesting 
against the installation of radios in public conveyances. It is pro¬ 
posed to add to the discomfort of riding in crowded buses and street¬ 
cars, into which a breath of fresh air rarely penetrates, the intol¬ 
erable nuisance of having to listen to advertising and so-called mus¬ 
ic whether we like it or not. If this plan is carried out I will 
certainly avoid the use of public conveyances whenever there is any 
possibility of doing so.” 

- Leonard B. ?eisler, Letter to the Editor, V/ashington 


’’The cat is out of the bag. All riders on the public 
transportation system in V/ashington are to have music whether they 
desire it or not, because the radio stations wish to sell commercial 
time, thereby gaining financially. 

Whether or not I am in the 8 percent minority described 
by the Trans it News and the radio stations, I am entitled to ride on 
a public transportation system without listening to music which I do 
not wish to hear. This is particularly an infringement upon my per¬ 
sonal rights when I have no choice but to ride about seven miles 
each day to and from my office by v/ay of bus and street car. I have 
no con^-rol over this radio eouipment as I have in my own home, 

’’Will the radio stations nay my fare when they inflict 
upon me their programs at a financial gain to themselves'^” 

- Mabel Van Dyke Baer, Letter to the Editor, Washington 


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Petrillo V/ows Radio '^ioneers 

(Dick Doan in "Variety”) 

Old sparring partners of radio’s labor front had them¬ 
selves a lov feast last Thursday (1) night. It was the annual ban¬ 
quet of the Radio Pioneers. Music czar lames C. Retrillo was their 
top guest, and if he and they were remembering it was April Fool’s 
Day as they melted in mutual affection, they didn’t bother to say so. 
The affair, highlighted by an unscheduled, hair-letting-down talk by 
Petrillo, was a network office topic next day and did more than a 
little to win friends for the American Federation of Musicians boss 
in generally hostile circles, 

Petrillo, vowing when he arrived he was in no mood to 
speechify, got up upon introduction by retiring RP prexy Mark V/oods, 
and, thumbs hooked in vest, had himself a fine time telling jokes 
and kidding his recent negotiations with the networks. He tossed 
boucuets around to web brass generally as "fine fellov;s'’ and pointed 
out that he had been "misrepresented in the industry and to the 
world". Woods had just railroaded through, with no dissent, an elec¬ 
tion of new Radio Pioneer officers, and ^etrillo cracked that he’d 
be "investigated by Congress for years" if he conducted a union elec¬ 
tion this way. 

Regarding the nev; network pact, the AFI' boss opined that 
"in the windup we all got what v;e wanted. V/e gave them FM. V/hat 
the hell good is FIl!? Nobody’s using it I We gave them music on tele. 
Everything we gave them for nothing (pause) They accepted (pause). 
They said, "Petrillo, you’re a smart guyI" 

By this time little J, Caesar had the small gathering, 
less than 100 but topheavy v;ith industry biggies, roaring at every 
remark and gesture. And he was relishing it. He kidded the Congres¬ 
sional hearing at which he was summoned to testify, saying the com¬ 
mittee just couldn’t understand why he didn’t have a formal statement 
to submit. And he rang down the curtain with an anecdote - "this 
story don’t belong here" - about a bull fiddle player and a bear, 
which made up in the telling (heavy on the gestures) what it lacked 
in point, ^etrillo sat down a pleased and heartily applauded man. 

On the industry’s side, Woods had teed off the mutual ad¬ 
miration by introing Petrillo as "battered. . . has posed as a tough 
guy, but has never really been tough. I take off my hat to him. 

He’s realistic and honest." 

Radio Corp. of American Board Chairman David Sarnoff, 
next up after "’etrilio, followed up by saying he thought the AW.- 
network negotiations "lasted so long because the boys enjoyed 
Petrillo’s stories." Sarnoff added that he always suspected Petrillo 
had a motive in pronouncing his name "Czarnoff". Case of one czar 
to another, he thought. 

Sarnoff, turning serious, said the present generation 
should be remembered not for inventing radio, tele., etc, but for 
what use it made of these wonderful mediums. 


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U,S. On War Basis June 1, Capehart Warns 

(By Charles Finston in ’’Chicago 


The nation is going back on a full-scale wartime basis 
by June 1, signalized by the draft of '^hundreds of thousands of men'* 
and restoration of priorities on all vital raw materials for war 
product ion. 

This sensational warning was circularized by U. S. Senator 
Homer E. Capehart (R)> of Indiana, to 13,000 customers of his juke 
box business here (Indianapolis) in a "confidential” letter bearing 
his imprimatur, it was disclosed today by The Herald-American. 

A similar letter was sent by Indiana’s senior Senator to 
hundreds of salesmen and former distributors. 

The Herald-American obtained photostatic copies of two 
warning letters which bore Capehart’s name at the top as Chairman of 
the Board of the Packard Manufacturing Co. They were both signed 
V/illiam H. Krieg, president of the firm. 

One letter, dated April 1, was addressed to Packard cus¬ 
tomers and said: 

’’Due to a big re-armament program on the part of our 
government, and the almost certainty that the government will return 
to a priority system on all raw materials in about 60 days and that 
Congress will reinstate the draft in the very near future, it will 
be necessary for this company on its next run of Manhattan phono¬ 
graphs to raise its prices,” 

The Capehart letter said the price boost will be $50, from 
$6S5 to $675, and continued: 

”It is not possible to maintain present prices in the face 
of billions for re-armament — hundreds of thousands of men back in 
the armed forces - and a priority system on scarce materials ’which 
includes all metals) and billions to help all of our allies through¬ 
out the world.” 

Letter Fo. 2 from the Capehart firm was dated April 5 and 
was addressed to salesmen. It referred to the communication sent to 
customers and said: 

’’For your personal and confidential information, what I 
have said in this letter are absolute facts, ^or example, we have 
today been contacted by the Chrystler Corp. with reference to making 
the same tank parts which we made during the war, 

’’Last week we were invited to bid by a Detroit concern on 

a number of items for war materials.How long this company or any 

of our competitors will be able to make phonographs after the re¬ 
armament program gets into full swing, is a matter of conjecture.” 

Employees of the juke box company including war veterans, 
are all mystified by Senator Capehart’s methods of salesmanship. 

It was disclosed recently that Senator Capehart was forced 
to withdraw his juke box from the Chicago market because of threats 
from the Guzik-Canone-Ricca gambling syndicate, which has a monopoly 
on the juke box distributing business. 

Complaints about this were filed by the Capehart firm with 
the State’s attorneys office, but there was no action. 

These letters imply he might further curtail production of 

juke boxes, 

Capehart is a member of the pov/erful Senate Committees on 
banking and currency, interstate and foreign commerce, and the 
special committee to study problems of small business 




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Trade Notes 

Today’s (Wednesday, April 14) Washington Post contained 
an 18-page extra section with a full roundup of television news. 
Post staff writers discussed television in the schools and in the 
home. They told what it’s expected to do in bringing you drama, 
music and sports. FCC Chairman Wayne Coy wrote about television’s 
future. Television industry leaders examine job possibilities and 
the outlook for cheaper, better sets. Sonie Stein looked over tele 
vision as D. C. knows it. 

Howard S. Ivleighan, Administrative Vice President of the 
Columbia Broadcasting System, was the guest speaker yesterday (April 
13) at the Washington Advertising Club’s luncheon meeting at the 
Hotel Statler. He spoke on "What Radio Knows About You", outlining 
various methods of audience research used by CBS including the new 
radar-operated instantaneous audiences measurement device. 

For the first time, effective April 25, 1948, the 500 
affiliates of the Nutual Broadcasting System will put into effect 
a play of delayed broadcasts during the Daylight Savings months which 
will assure Mutual commercial and sustaining programs uninterrupted 
release at the same time throughout the year. 

For the 22 Daylight Savings weeks, Mutual will', in effect, 
be operated as four networks which has necessitated the purchase of 
more than a thousand miles of additional network-lines and which 
involves recording of I'^utual’s entire 16 hour schedule for separate 
release to each of the four division of the network. 

Lyle F. V/atts, Chief of the Forest Service of the U. S, 
Department of Agriculture, through a letter to oust in I'iller, Nation¬ 
al Association of Broadcasters, "^resident, has commended and thanked 
American broadcasters for their cooperation in forest fire prevention. 

The Federal Communications Commission announed Tuesday, 
April 13, its proposed decision looking toward the denial of the ap¬ 
plication of V/ired Music, Inc., for a new station at Rockford, Ill., 
to operate on 1400 kc., 100 watts, unlimited time. 

Residents of the northern section of Arlington County, 
across the river from Washington, Tuesday night planned personal pro¬ 
test over proposed erection of a 500-foot television tower above the 
bluffs of the Potomac River. 

The matter will be considered at a County Board meeting 
on zoning applications at the Arlington County Courthouse. 

The tower would be erected on land already posted for the 
purpose, near Upshur St. and Dittmar Road, about one mile from Chain 

Station V/KU15, Reading, Pa., operating with 250 watts un¬ 
limited time on 1240 kc., joins the Columbia network as a basic sup¬ 
plementary effective September 1, it has been announced by CBS. 







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The Senate on April 12 passed H,R» 1036 to provide for 
the licensing of marine radiotelegraph operators as ship radio of¬ 
ficers, and for other purposes after an amendment regarding a date 
was brought out. 

Thomas S. Lee, radio and automobile executive, is on the 
road to recovery at Coachella Valley Hospital in Indio, following an 
emergency operation for a ruptured appendix. Mr. Lee makes his home 
at Lai^uinta, on the Coachella Valley desert, having moved there last 
year in an effort to regain his health from injuries suffered in a 
serious automobile mishap several years ago. 

President Truman last Friday sent the name of Delos V/ilson 
Rentzel, of Parkfairfax, Va., to the Senate for appointment as head 
of the Civil Aeronautics Administration. 

Mr, Rentzel, 39. recently served as consultant to the Con¬ 
gressional Radio Policy Board. He is Chairman of the Board and 
President of Aeronautical Radio, Inc., and allied companies, which 
provides radio facilities for established airlines. 

After graduating from Texas A. and T'^. in 1929, I^r, Rentzel 
entered the Navy, where he served until 1931 as a radio expert. From 
1931 to 1934 he was v/ith American Airways, Inc., as radio operator and 
station manager, later serving until 1943 as Director of Communica¬ 
tions with American Airlines. 

Among his other jobs he has been "^resident of the Aeronaut¬ 
ical Radio de T^exico, from 1944 to 1947; Chairman of the Radio Tech¬ 
nical Planning Board of the Aeronautical Radio Panel since August, 
1943; '^^ice Chairman since 1944 of the Radio Technical Commission for 
Aeronautics; radio consultant to the Secretary of 7/ar, helping estab- 
list airways communications services for the North and South Atlantic 
during the war in 1943 and 1944; radio consultant for the Secretary 
of the Navy in 1943. 

National Union Radio Corporation - For 1947: Net income, 
including $627,821 non-recurring income, was $584,708, on net sales 
of $6,885,876. Non-recu'ring income represents gain from sale of 
machinery, eauipment and facilities at Lansdale, Pa., and real estate 
at Newark, N. I. Company had net loss in 1946 of $322,413. 

The Federal Communications Commission proposed to amend 
its rules Governing Ajnateur Radio Services to include in Section 12. 
101 a reference to certain types of one-way radio communications; to 
clarify the provisions of Sec. 12,103 which prohibits broadcasting 
by amateur stations, and to add a new Sec. 12.106 defining certain 
types of one-v/ay radio communication which miay be transmitted by 

Congress on April 8 was asked for legislation authorizing 
construction of a ^^4,475,000 building to house the central radio 
laboratory of the National Bureau of Standards. In submitting the 
request, V/illiam C. Foster, Acting Secretary of Commerce, said the 
laboratory is now scattered in four buildings on bureau grounds and 
in three locations in Virginia and I'aryland. The laboratory under¬ 
takes research in all fields of radio, 



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’’Mayflower” Hearings Reopen; Free Speech Curb, On Radio Assailed«,.l 

Armed Forces Communications Assn. To Meet At Wright Field..4 

RCA Seeks To Exclude Television Patents In Zenith Suit. ....5 

New York Appoints Video Committee... 5 

Gammons, CBS v.p. Urges Uniform Time For U.S.6 

Microwave Relay Chains Authorized By FCC; Grants TV Applications..? 
FCC Closes Three Unlicensed Radio Stations.7 

WIBK, WJBK-FM, WTVO, Detroit, Lease Space In Masonic Temple.0 

Sen. Reed To Preside At Liquor Ad Hearings.. .....9 

Complete List Of George Peabody Radio Awards.*.9 

FTC Accepts Electronic Lab, Stipulation-Agreement....10 

One Of Mark Sullivan’s Very Few Slip-ups. ....10 

RMA. Announces June Convention Program.... 11 

Robert Magidoff, NBC Moscow Correspondent, Due In N.Y. Apr. 22...11 

Editors Favor AP,U? Furnishing ’’Voice Of America” With News.12 

Scissors And Paste. 13 

Trade Notes.15 

No. 1821 

April 21, 1948 


The Federal Communications Commission on Monday, April 19th, 
resumed the review hearings on the controversial "Mayflower” rule 
which would prohibit freedom for the broadcasting of editorial opin¬ 
ions by station licensees just as the publication of editorial is per¬ 
mitted to newspapers. Last March in a five-day session, the FCC heard 
views of some 30 witnesses on the "Mayflower” decision under which the 
rule was laid down that a broadcaster "cannot be an advocate”. 

In the opening gun fired on Monday, lust in Miller, Presi¬ 
dent of the National Association of Broadcasters, told the FCC that 
he would welcome an opportunity for Supreme Court review of the ques¬ 

”I would be delighted if you would decide a case squarely 
on this point”, he said in Questioning which interrupted his formal 
statement, "I hope you will deny a license flatly on this ground, so 
that we can get it into the Court,” 

Judge Miller’s assertion, called forth by a Question from 
FCC Chairman V/ayne Coy as to the number of cases of FCC violation of 
the First Amendment to the Constitution which have gone into the 
courts, came in the middle of a closely reasoned statement of the 
legal aspects of NAB’s opposition to the "P'ayfloxver rule". 

The NAB President, in his formal statement, after examining 
the First Amendment’s prohibition of laws abridging freedom of speech, 
turned to the testimony of witnesses against editorializing, in pre¬ 
vious sessions, 

"Much of the argument - both in public discussion and in 
this hearing - has assumed that the First Amendment is unsound in prin¬ 
ciple", he said, "that its results have been unfortunate - so far as 
press editorializing is concerned, for example - and that this Com¬ 
mission should now step in and correct the errors of our forefathers, 

"Much of such argument would be appropriate to a proposal 
for releal of the First Amendment, or of that part of it which covers 
radio broadcasting. But it is not only incompetent, here and now, 
but impertinent, as well," 

Neither, according to Mr. Miller, is there any constitu¬ 
tional justification for the further stated reouirement of the Commis¬ 
sion that equal opportunity be afforded for expression of opinion on 
all sides of controversial issues, or even, as provided in the act, 
for equality of treatment for political candidates. 

"Whatever moral ground there may or may not be for provid¬ 
ing such an opportunity for all people, and however, desirable gen¬ 
eral broadcasting policy, there is not the slightest support for it 
in the First Amendment, or for a contention that Congress has power 
to make laws abridging the freedom of speech of radio station 
licensees, for any purpose. 




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The NAB President cited the Communications Act of 1934, 
into which Congress wrote a prohibition against censorship by the FCC. 

”It is significant”, he said, *’that Congress, recognizing 
the limitation imposed on itself by the Constitution, expressly 
re-imposed the limitation upon the Commission.” 

Judge Miller listed the four points the FCC is allowed to 
consider in granting or renewing licenses, as outlined by the 
Supreme Court; available frequencies, tested by good engineering 
standards; competency; adequacy of ecuipment; and financial ability. 

Speaking as a practical broadcaster with 20 years of exper¬ 
ience, A. D. V/illard, Jr., Executive Vice President of the National 
Association of Broadcasters, told the Commissioners that ’’the most 
absurd effect” of the rule is to allov/ all people freedom of speech 
by radio except the broadcasters, who is held ’’inescapably respons¬ 
ible for the programming of the station.” 

Attacking the opposition argument that the licensee’s pos¬ 
ition as a broadcaster of popular programs would weigh in favor of 
his point of view, Mr. V/illard said he was ’’profoundly amazed by this 

He argued also that removal of the restrictions imposed by 
the Mayflower ruling would ’’encourage more discussion of public is¬ 
sues on radio stations, make it possible for broadcasters to present 
a greater diversity of opinion, and place the responsibility for such 
opinion where it rightfully belongs, upon the shoulders of the broad¬ 
caster himself.” 

Rex Howell, Manager and co-owner of KFXJ, Grand Junction, 
Colo., another witness, told the Commission flatly that he has been 
broadcasting editorial opinions throughout the seven years of the 
’’Mayflower rule”, and that he brought to V/ashington with him trans¬ 
criptions of some of them, which he would be glad to play for the 
Commissioners. He further said that licensees could not serve their 
communities properly without freedom to advocate certain causes and 
to oppose others. 

’’Communities, especially small communities, depend on us 
and are better judges than the Commission can possibly be of their 
special needs and the quality of service they receive from us”, he 

V/illiam J. Scripps, Director of Radio for The Detroit News, 
which owns and operates a combined alternating-modulation and fre¬ 
quency-modulation radio station VW/J and W/J-Fl/[, and a television sta¬ 
tion, upheld the right of the broadcaster to speak out on any issue. 

He added that in his 20 years of managing radio^stations, 
he could remember no attempt by any large or small advertiser to in¬ 
fluence presentation of news or opinion on the air and he contended 
that as a matter of practical business policy broadcasters generally 
always had and always could be depended upon to deal fairly with 
their audiences in regard to public issues by presenting programs 
with fairness and impartiality. 




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Commander T.A.M. Craven, Vice President and General Manager 
of WOL, Washington, a Cowles station, who appeared as a witness on 
the second day of the FCC hearings, in opening his testimony Tuesday 
brought out the point that he "was a member of the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission at the time the so-called h%yflower Decision and 
Order was promulgated. It is this decision in which the limiitation 
upon the right of a broadcast licensee to be an advocate first became 
the policy of the FCC. While the minutes of the Commission show that 
the Final Order and Decision was handed down by only four members of 
the Commission, namely. Fly, Walker, Case and Payne, I wish this 
record to show that I do not recall raising any protest against the 
Mayflower Decision at any time I was a member of the FCC. As I re¬ 
call, and I believe the record will support me, the licensee in the 
case had voluntarily surrendered such rights as he might have had in 
return for the renewal of his license." 

Commander Craven, a Director-at-Large for medium power 
stations on the Board of the National Association of Broadcasters 
which elective office he has held since 1944, testified that he felt 
the Mayflower Decision "is not one in which radio broadcast licensees 
beseech the Commission for permission to editorialize. It is not one 
in which the broadcaster seeks to lessen the impact of law or of law¬ 
ful regulation. It is more in the nature of a protest against the 
confusion created by the Mayflower Decision of the Commission. It 
should be apparent that the Mayflower Decision, remaining on the 
books of the Commission as it does, serves to confuse those who may 
not interpret the language in any way other than by what is said 
literally in the decision," 

Commander Craven said that it was difficult to interpret 
the Mayflower Decision of the Commission except in one way, namely: 

"1, A radio licensee cannot be an advocate under any circum¬ 
stances • 

"2, A radio licensee must provide full and equal opportunity 
for the presentation of all sides of public issues. He must present 
all sides of important public questions fairly, objectively and with 
bias. He even must be the Voice of Government, 

"3. The FCC will punish him if his course of conduct does not 
conform to the yardstick of the Commission’s own making." 

"The effect of a broad pronouncement such as is contained 
in the Mayflower Decision can easily develop into a condition where 
licensees are not free from fear of Government reprisal for either 
expressing their own view on matters of in'^erest to the public or 
for failure to present some other person’s views", he went on to say, 

"The broadcast licensee does not seek authority from the 
Commission to broadcast his personal opinions to the radio audience", 
the Commander set forth, "V/hile the broadcaster may have no greater 
right than anyone else to broadcast his opinions, the Commission has 
no legal power to grant,, limit or deprive anyone of the right legit¬ 
imately to express opinions by any method of mass communication," 






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Former Chairman of the FCC James Lawrence Fly, on the 
other hand, defended the ruling on editorializing. He contended 
that far from abridging the freedom of speech guaranteed by the Con¬ 
stitution, the intent and effect of the ruling was to implement the 
First Amendment by requiring opportunity for the widest possible ex¬ 
pression and exchange of divergent points of view on controversial 
Questions of public interest, 

^'!r. Fly further argued that failure of the Commission to 
’’safeguard*^ the right of the public to ’’hear all sides” would con¬ 
tribute to the ’’monopoly” in the dissemination of news and opinion 
that was, he declared, the real ’’menace” to the ’’freedom” sought 
and approved bv all. 

He characterized as ’’pathetic” the argument of Judge Filler 
and others that station licensees should be permitted to exercise, 
equally with newspaper editors, the right of selection in the pre¬ 
sentation of nev/s. That contention, according to Mr. Fly, amounted 
to an argument in favor not only of ’’abridgment” but ’’suppression” 
of free speech by a station licensee, ”a pitiful argument indeed”, 
he commented. 

Dr. Frederick Siebert, Director of the School of Journalism, 
University of Illinois, testifying as ”an educator and student of 
communication systems”, told the Commission that ’’This (the Fayflower) 
ruling comes closer to the area staked out by the framers of the 
Constitution than any other that has come to my attention,” 

’’Legislators and administrators finally abandoned all 
attempts to control opinion and left whatever regulating was needed 
to the courts”, he said. 



David Sarnoff, President of Armed Forces Communications 
Association, and also President and Chairman of the Board of RCA, 
has announced that the second annual meeting of the Association will 
be held on May 10 and 11 at Dayton and Wright Field, Ohio, Principal 
speakers at the banquet in Dayton on the 10th will be Secretary of 
the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, and Munitions Board Chairman, 
Thomas J, Hargrave. An exhibition of the latest in Air Force commun¬ 
ications equipment and procedures and photographic ecuipment will be 
held at Wright Field the following day. 

The Association, made up of civilian and military members, 
is dedicated to the purpose of insuring that our fighting men in the 
Air Force, the Army and the Navy will have the best in communications 
and photography if they ever again are called upon to fight for 

When he made the announcement, Brigadier General Sarnoff 
alluded to the critical world situation, asserting that at no time in 
history has science been so woven into the pattern of our lives and 
that every country is aware that, in order to survive, it must culti¬ 
vate science. 


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There has been a new development in Zenith Radio Corpora¬ 
tion’s suit for declaratory judgment to invalidate patents held by 
the Radio Corporation of America which is being tried in the District 
Court of the United States for the District of Delaware at Uilmington, 

On April 19, 1948, RCA filed an affidavit seeking to exclude 
television patents from the case. If successful, this move would 
save RCA’s television patents from adjudication should Zenith’s pet¬ 
ition for a declaratory judgment be granted. RCA’s affidavit seeking 
to exclude television patents was signed by A. F. Van Dyke, Van Dyke’s 
affidavit states that Zenith has not built television receivers, 
therefore television patents should be excluded from the declaratory 
judgment suit. 

Today (V/ednesday, 21) Zenith filed an affidavit signed by 
its President, E. F, McDonald, Ir., stating that Zenith has been 
building television receivers since 1938; that they have built many 
of them but they have not sold these Zenith television receivers to 
the public. The affidavit states they sold one to the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology but the rest of Zenith television receivers 
have been loaned to competent observers. The affidavit further 
states that Zenith has refused to sell television receivers to the 
public for two reasons. First, that Zenith felt the public could 
not get their money’s worth in high cost entertainment until a box 
office was found which would permit the presentation of first run 
movies on home television receivers. Second, Zenith stated in the 
affidavit that the Federal Communications Commission had admitted 
that the present freauencies assigned to television were inadequate 
for a national service and that as soon as FCC opens the freouencies 
above 500 me for the permanent home of television, this will auto¬ 
matically obsolete all present television receivers that have been 
purchased by the public. For these two reasons. Zenith has refrained 
from selling television receivers to the public, 



Edward C, Maguire, Commerce Commissioner of New York City, 
has appointed a permanent Advisory Committee on Radio and Television, 
to assist in formulating plans that will aid both the city and the 
broadcasting industry. 

The Committee includes Niles Trammell, President of the 
National Broadcasting Company; Frank Stanton, President of the Colum¬ 
bia Broadcasting System; Theodore C. Streibert, President of the 
Bamberger Broadcasting Service; I. R, Poppele, President of the 
Television Broadcasters,Association, Inc.; Lawrence Phillips, Dir¬ 
ector of the Du Mont Television Network, and Ira M, Herbert, commer¬ 
cial manager of WNEV/, New York, 

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Uniform time in the United States means better service to 
farmers, the President and Senators and Representatives who broad¬ 
cast, and all the listening public. The Columbia Broadcasting System 
is "heartily in favor" of a uniform time system in the U.S. 

Earle H. Gammons, Vice President in charge of Washington 
Operations for CBS, cited these points yesterday (Tues. April 20) 
when he apneared before the Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce 

In a statement prepared for the committee, Mr. Gammons 
said the practice of "individual communities shifting from standard 
to daylight time . . . while other communities continued to observe 
standard time, has disrupted the broadcasting industry and has incon¬ 
venienced the listening public." 

He pointed to local programs, such as farm service shows, 
designed to meet the special needs of listeners in each area which 
must be broadcast "at particular times of the day in order to provide 
the maximum effectiveness." 

In addition, he said, "when the President, Senators or 
Representatives make use of network broadcasting to address the people 
of this country, it is frecuently desirable that they be heard simul¬ 
taneously throughout the entire nation." 

Mr. Gammons described the "exceedingly complex" CBS plan, 
costing $200,000, whereby the network will buy additional lines and 
services to set up, in effect, two networks during Summer months. 

One serves 58 communities in daylight saving time zones, the other 
serves 108 communities in standard time areas. Programs will be 
recorded and played back one hour later on the standard time network. 

But this "does not by any means solve all the problems", 
the CBS executive said. 

"V/e believe that the only solution to the problem of the 
broadcasters, advertisers, and listeners is the uniform observance of 
the same time system throughout the entire nation - either the uni¬ 
form observance of standard time during the Fall, Winter and Spring 
months and the uniform observance of daylight saving time during the 
Summer months as is proposed by S.2226, or the uniform observance of 
standard time throughout the entire year", Mr. Gammons concluded, 


A radio program designed to bring listeners into close con¬ 
tact with the morning newspaper, the Seattle Post Intelligencer , has 
been gaining popularity since its inception a little over a month ago. 

Called "Sunrise Preview" for the P.-I.’s Sunrise edition, 
it is broadcast by Jerry Morris, well known Seattle news analyst. 

Every broadcast is designed to whet the listener’s appetite for news 
and features he can read only in the sponsoring newspaper. 

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The American Telephone andTelegraph Co, was authorized by 
the Federal Communications Commission to construct two experimental 
microwave relay chains - one between Chicago and Milwaukee and the 
other linking Detroit and Toledo - to provide common carrier service 
including television transmission. The cost of the two projects is 
estimated at 11,400,000. The Chicago-Milwaukee chain will include 
relay stations near Lake Zurich, Illinois, and Wilmot and Prospect, 
Wisconsin. Relay sites between Detroit and Toledo have not yet been 
determined. Equipment and services proposed are similar to those now 
in effect in the New York-Boston microwave chain. Construction is 
to be completed by June 15, 1949, 

The Commission also granted applications of the A. T. & T. 
and certain Bell System associated companies for television facili¬ 
ties to connect Detroit, Toledo and Buffalo with proposed wire or 
microwave networks. It authorized two coaxial units in the Cleveland 
Buffalo cable, and television terminals at Buffalo, Toledo, South 
Bend and Danville (Illinois), The estimated cost is $350,000 and con 
struction is expected to be completed this year. These supplemental 
facilities will permit, for example, the televising of programs (in¬ 
cluding football) originating at Notre Dame and Illinois universities 
One television station is in operation and two more are authorized at 
Detroit, and one is building at Buffalo and another at Toledo. 


On April 17th, engineers of the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, closed down three un¬ 
licensed radio stations operating in the 7 me amateur band. The 
three stations were heard by the FCC Monitoring stations using amat¬ 
eur calls which have not been licensed by the Commission, Long-range 
direction finder bearings obtained at Commission offices in over ten 
different states indicated that two of the stations were located in 
the Los Angeles area and the other was located in the Portland, 
Oregon, area. Specially-equipped direction finding cars were then 
dispatched to the areas in Question and located the unlicensed sta¬ 
tions. When the locations of the stations were determined, watches 
were synchronized and one of the stations in Los Angeles and the sta¬ 
tion in Portland, Oregon, located over a thousand miles away, were 
closed simultaneously. The third station was closed a few minutes 
later. The station in Oregon, which was using the call W71.^IL, was 
operated by William Miller, age 40, 1305 S,E. Lombard St., Beaverton, 
Oregon; the second station was operated by a brother of Miller and 
used the call W6BHX. The operator of this station was Harry Miller, 
age 39, 4204 Folsom St,, East Los Angeles, Cal. The operator of the 
third station using the call W6EZR was John Moreno, age 37, 4111 
Folsom St., East Los Angeles, California. 

The three illegal operators were informed that the penalty 
for violation of the Communications Act, as amended is a fine of 
$10,000 and two years in prison, or both. The case is receiving 
further attention. 



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Most drastic change in Detroit’s "radio row" in many years 
is in the making, according to an announcement released yesterday 
(Tues. Aoril 20) by George B. Storer, President of the Fort Industry 
Company and the Detroit Broadcasting Company of Detroit.. 

The two top floors of the west tower of the Masonic Temple, 
one of Detroit’s largest and most picturesoue buildings, have been 
leased by these companies for installation of elaborate television 
studios for 1/VTVO and studios and offices of WIEK and WJBK-FM, in 
addition to headauarters executive offices of the Fort Industry Co. 

"The Masonic Temple is considered one of the best sites in 
the motor city for such a radio and television center from a techni¬ 
cal, cultural and business standpoint", declared Ralph G., Elvin, 

Vice President and Managing Director of V/JBK, V/IBK-FM and VJTVO, He 
added: "Exceptional speed will be applied to the construction of 

what we believe will be one of the country’s finest television plants." 

The extra large amount of floor space,, heretofore unfinish¬ 
ed, he indicated, will allow the television sound stages to be extrem¬ 
ely spacious; a factor found to be essential in video programming. A 
hitherto unfinished theatre, with room for 1,200 seats, in the west 
wing of the Temple, provides ideal facilities for large studios, 
dressing rooms, scenery shops, projection booths, etc. A roof garden 
atop the west tower also offers a location for outdoor recreation and 
rest facilities for employees of the broadcasting and television 

V/ith installation of radio eauipment in the building, WJBK 
and television station V/T^o will have ideal facilities for picking up 
a wide variety of productions, events and activities originating 
within the walls of the building. It is planned that special cables 
will connect the stages of the various auditoriums with the master 
control of radio headouarters. 

More than $280,000 worth of General Electric Television 
apparatus, one of the largest orders ever placed by a station with a 
single manufacturer, was negotiated last November and a majority of 
the eauipment has already arrived, with the balance expected within 
a few weeks. The eouipment is of the very latest in design and 
will list V/TVO as one of the most powerful commercial television sta¬ 
tions yet licensed by the FCC. 

The site for the transmitter and antenna tower has been 
selected and it is expected that programs will be projected for a 
radius of 45 miles frommid-town Detroit. It will operate on #2Channel. 

The Fort Industry Company operates seven AM stations, 
six FM stations, and has construction permits for three television 
stations with applications pending for other video outlets. 



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Hearings on Liquor Advertising Bills (S. 265, S.2352 and 
S,2365) started today before the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee. 
Senator Charles Tobey, Acting Chairman of the Committee, designated 
Senator Reed to preside at the hearings which will be before the 
full committee. 

S. 265 by Senator Arthur Capper (R), of Kansas, is a revis¬ 
ed carry-over from last year and would completely outlaw all liquor 
and beer advertising in interstate commerce. 

S, 2365 by Senator Edwin Johnson ( D), of Colorado, would 
permit only a picture of a bottle plus a few simple descriptive or 
illustrative words. 

S. 2352 by Senators Johnson and Clyde ¥. Reed (R.), Kansas, 
provides that an advertisement would be termed misleading if it stat¬ 
ed that a beverage (1) is beneficial to health, (2) will increase 
social or business standing or (3) is traditional in American family 
life. It would also give the FTC full supervision over all liquor 
advertising, transferring the powers from the Alcohol Tax Unit of the 
Treasury Department. 



The complete list of the George Foster Peabody Radio Awards 
which received recognition last week (April 15) as being judged the 
best radio programs and personalities by the Peabody Advisory Board 
follow. The presentations were made by Edward Weeks, ditor of the 
Atlantic Monthly . Chairman of the Board, and John E. Drewry, dean of 
the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, 

William S, Hedges, Vice President of the National Broad¬ 
casting Company and President of the Radio Executives Club who were 
host at the luncheon meeting, presided. 

The awards in detail are: 

1, Outstanding public service by a regional station: ’’Report Uncen¬ 
sored”, program series of 1/VBBM, Chicago, CBS affiliate, of which 
Leslie At lass is Vice-President. 

Special Citation of Honor: ”As the Twig Is Bent”, program series 
of WCCO, Minneapolis, CBS affiliate. 

2, Outstanding public service by a local station: ’’Disaster Broad¬ 
cast from Cotton Valley”, crisis services by KXAR, Hope, Ark., 

MBS affiliate. 

3, Outstanding reporting and interpretation of the news: ”CBS Views 
the Press.” 


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Special citation for drama: "Studio One." CBS. 

4, Outstanding reporting and interpretation of the news: Elmer Davis, 

5, Outstanding entertainment in drama: "Theater Guild on the Air", 

6, Outstanding entertainment in music: "The Boston Symphony Orchestra, 

7, Outstanding educational program: CBS Documentary Unit series* 

8* Outstanding children’s program: "The Children’s Hour", series by 
WQpV/, Washington, D.C. 

Special citation: "United Nations Today", a series of the United 
Nations Network for Peace. 

The award to Elmer Davis was his second, a Peabody citation 
having been presented to him in 1940 for his work in reporting and 
interpreting the news in 1939. 

The Peabody Awards are designed to recognize the most dis¬ 
interested and meritorious public service rendered each year by the 
broadcasting industry, and to perpetuate the memory of George Foster 
Peabody, successful New York banker, and benefactor and life trustee 
of the University of Georgia, The University of Georgia Henry Vif. 

Grady School of Journalism, with the assistance of the National Assoc¬ 
iation of Broadcasters, administers the prizes. They were first given 
in 1940. 



The Federal Trade Commission today (Wednesday, April 21) 
accepted from Electronic Laboratories, Inc., Indianapolis, a stipula¬ 
tion-agreement to cease and desist from representing that any radio 
receiving set is of a designated tube capacity when one or more of 
the tubes referred to are devices which do not perform the recognized 
and customary functions of radio receiving set tubes in the detection, 
amplification and recention of radio signals. The stipulation of 
facts sets forth that the corporation has included rectifiers in the 
tube count of the radios they sell, these rectifiers serving the aux¬ 
iliary function of changing alternating current to direct current. 



"I dropped in to see political columnist Mark Sullivan 
who’s in bed with a severely injured back. He slipped while taking 
a bath. Lying in bed as a result of the accident, he said that his 
experience points a moral; ’Don’t take a bath,’ Maybe the Bedoins 
of the desert have the right idea. They bathe by rubbing themselves 
or rolling in the sand." - CBS’ Lowell Thomas. 






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A preliminary program for the twenty-fourth annual RMA con¬ 
vention, June 14 to 17 inclusive, at the Stevens Hotel, Chicago, has 
been issued by the RI^IA Convention Committee, of which RVA Treasurer 
and past President, Leslie E. Muter is Chairman. 

The four-day session of industry leaders, with President 
Max F. Balcom presiding, will include meetings of all division and 
major committees of the Radio Manufacturers’ Association and a member¬ 
ship luncheon on Thursday, June 17, but the usual industry banquet 
will not be held. For the 1949 convention, the silver anniversary of 
the Association’s founding, a gala industry conclave, banquet and 
many industry features are planned. The convention this year will 
conclude with the annual RMA golf tournament, Calumet Country Club. 

Two meetings of the RMA Board of Directors and election of 
officers for 1948-49 are scheduled during the Oune convention. Speak¬ 
ers and other features of the convention will be announced later. 

Coincident with the RMA convention the annual convention 
and trade show of the National Association of Music Merchants will be 
held at the Palmer House, Exhibits, including those by RhlA members, 
with possibly joint events between the RMA and NAMM sessions, are 



Robert Magidoff, NBC correspondent who was forced to leave 
Moscow after being accused of espionage against Russian military in¬ 
stallations, arrived in Berlins with his wife last Sunday and is due 
in New York tomorrow (Thursday, Apr. 22), according to V/illifm F. 
Brooks, NBC Vice Presideht in charge of News and International Rela¬ 

In a broadcast from Berlin Sunday, Magidoff said, ’’There is 
no sense in my saying that I am not a spy. The Russians know it as 
well as I do.” 

The accusation which resulted in Magidoff’s expulsion from 
Russia was contained in a letter to the Russian newspaper Izvestia 
from Magidoff’s American-born secretary, Cecilia Nelson. She said 
that she had discovered letters in the correspondent’s desk from the 
McGraw-Hill Publishing Company requesting information on secret Rus¬ 
sian military installations. 

In his broadcast Sunday, Magidoff stated that he was ’’con¬ 
vinced that she did not take the action on her own initiative. As a 
Soviet citizen with a Russian husband and Russian parents, she 
couldn’t help doing v/hat she was forced to do by ... the Russians...” 

Both NBC and I'cGraw-Hill have denied any knowledge of the 
alleged espionage activities. Magidoff has represented NBC in Mos¬ 
cow since July 21, 1941. He was the only American newsman to cover 
the entire war fromRussia, and made many trips to the fighting fronts. 
Since last April, when the Moscow conference of foreign ministers 
ended and the Russians reinvoked their ban against foreign broadcasts, 
Magidoff has not broadcast to the U.S, He has cabled reports and 
obtained films for NBC television. 

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The American Society of Newspaper Editors, winding iip its 
business sessions in Washington last Saturday (April 17) adopted 
resolutions bearing on the propaganda war and censorship and elected- 

After a prolonged and lively debate, the Nation’s editors 
adopted a resolution expressing hope that the Associated Press and 
the United Press would "furnish factual and adeauate news summaries" 
to the State Department. 

The resolution to make AP and UP news so available was 
debated at the afternoon session. 

The Department’s office of Information and Education Ex¬ 
change has long wanted AP and UP news for use in its propaganda 
battle with Soviet Russia. In preparing its "Voice of America" broad¬ 
casts and its wireless bulletin, the OIE has had the use of only one 
American press service - the International News Service, 

The AP and UP, it was explained during the debate Saturday 
have withheld their news reports for two reasons: first, they want¬ 
ed clients abroad to know that they had no connection with the U.S. 
Government, and second, they did not want the State Department to 
broadcast news free that otherwise might be sold abroad. 

The resolution, as finally adopted, read: 

"Because of the special circumstances arising out of the 
present crisis in Europe, the American Society of Newspaper Editors 
expresses the hope that without any sacrifice of principle the Assoc¬ 
iated Press and the United Press will furnish factual and adeauate 
news summaries to the State Department’s Office of Information and 
Education Exchange. ("Voice of America") We do not suggest a perman¬ 
ent arrangement, but rather one which will endure as long as the 
crisis lasts." 

A resolution concerning censorship which was finally adopted 
was offered by David Lawrence of the United States News , Washington, 
and read as follows: 

"The A-SNE opposes all forms of censorship. To the end that 
the security of the United States may not be endangered, voluntary 
cooperation is urged between press and Government covering the pub¬ 
lication of information related to the development or use of new 
military weapons. 

Another resolution recuested the State Department and the 
Attorney General to issue visas for entry into the United States of 
"all bona fide correspondents from other countries who apnly for 
such visas and are established to be legitimate professional report¬ 
ers engaged solely in news-gathering activities," 

The resolution said that the U. S, Government should not 
"ask more from other governments in the way of freedom of informa¬ 
tion than it is willing to grant," 

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Senator CapeharVs Letters Called "War Scare'* 

(By Robert P, Vanderpoel, Financial Editor, "Chicago Herald American!’) 

For some years there has been a great deal of talk to the 
effect that businessmen should take a more active part in politics. 

To this end many businessmen have run for office and some have been 
elected,- The results have not always been fortunate. In fact, we 
should say that the average has been poor. Instead of becoming 
statesmen, more of whom are badly needed, many of these businessmen- 
turned-politicians continue to be business-men, selfish, grasping for 
profits, pretty much regardless of the country's welfare. 

As a horrible example we would cite Homer E. Capehart, juke¬ 
box and phonograph king, who was elected Senator from our neighboring 
state of Indiana, 

Recently it developed that Senator Capehart had no taste 
for fighting the syndicate of vice and crime that controls the dis¬ 
tribution of jukeboxes in this territory. 

Yesterday (April 9) two letters were printed in this news¬ 
paper signed by William H. Krieg, president of the Packard Manufactur¬ 
ing Corporation (no connection with the Packard Motor Car Company). 
This is Capehart*s company. His name appears at the top of the com¬ 
pany’s letterhead as chairman of the board. 

The letters reflected business at its worst — a war scare 
attempt to hurry people into buying the company’s products. That 
would, at best, represent contemptible business practice. The 
Senator’s name at the top of the letter made it a great deal worse. 

The implication could not be clearer. Here was a tip right from the 
horse’s mouth, from the august United States Senate, 

More than 13,000 people throughout the United States were 
to get this "personal”, war-scare letter with its "confidential" 
information. There were hints about tanks, war, materiel and what 
the government v;ould do "in about 60 days". 

Congressional committees had held hearings and experts had 
offered testimony that the foreign aid and contemplated rearmament 
programs could be accomplished without upsetting the domestic econ¬ 
omy, provided we acted like grownup, patriotic citizens of a demo¬ 
cracy and there was no hysteria and hoarding. The Hoosier business¬ 
man-turned-senator, hov/ever, would have none of that. He wanted 
quicker profits, higher prices. 

It might be interesting for some of Capehart’s colleagues 
in the Senate who really have the interest of the country at heart to 
get the jukebox manufacturer on the stand and find out under oath 
whether he was the one who was giving the president of his company 
all of this "inside information" and also whether or not the Packard 
Manufacturing Corporation (no relation to the automobile company) was 
or was not stuck with a lot of inventories which these war-scare 
letters were aimed at cleaning up? 


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The Senators V/ere Not Indiscreet 
(Marie HcNair in the ’’Washington Post”) 

There was a beautiful finale to the rededication of the 
Greenbrier Hotel at V/hite Sulphur Springs at a champagne ball, with 
West Virginia’s Governor, Clarence W. Meadows, present to give the 
toast to his State; the Duke and Duchess of Windsor among the dancers 
and Bing Crosby to sing.* * * * ^ 

The Duke, bronzed from his Florida Winter, was on the golf 
course early, the Duchess joined him later in the day and the two 
were dinner guests of Robert Young, Chairman of the Board of the 
Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, and Mrs. Young before the ball. * * * 

Former Senator Burton K. Wheeler, of I'^ontana, claimed the 
Duchess for a dance while the Duke danced v>^ith Mrs. Robert Young, 
whose gown of cream satin made with a full skirt was encrusted with 

Proving that he’s still a good drummer, the Duke of Windsor 
provided the highlight of the evening, and caused the Duchess to roar 
with laughter when Meyer Davis presented him with two sets of drum 
sticks in memory of an occasion 29 years ago. It was I'^rs. K. H. 
Rogers’ dance at the Greenbrier when the Duke, then the handsome boy¬ 
ish Prince of Wales, was visiting in this country, and was guest of 
honor at the dance. During the evening, he borrowed the drummer’s 
sticks to play. 

Before a battery of cameras, he took up the sticks again 
last night and to a burst of applause kept a rhythmic beat to ”How 
Are Things in Glochomora.” ***** 

Senator Charles W. Tobey, of New Hampshire and Mrs. Loretta 
Rabenhorst who recently announced their engagement, had eyes only for 
each other, taking movies of each other. 

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The Hatfields and the McCoys had nothing on the feud cur¬ 
rently in progress between broadcast-publisher Edward Lamb and two 
Ohio publishers the Federal Communications Commission has declared 
unfit to become licensees. Each side is using its newspaper to wage 
war on the other. 

Last v/eek. Lamb used the entire front page of his Erie (Pa.) 
Dispatch to print FCC’s decision denying 3.A. and Isadora Horvitz 
licenses in their home toivn of Mansfield, 0. The decision lashed out 
at the Horvitz brothers for insisting on exclusive advertising con¬ 
tracts in their Mansfield and Lorain, 0., Journals, and carrying on 
open warfare with the town’s only radio station VMAN. Lamb printed 
a special T'ansfield, 0. edition of his paper which he claimed was 
distributed through the courtesy of the Mansfield chief of police. 

Both Lamb and \WPiF were awarded FM permits in Mansfield. 

The Horvitzes have already gone to court to appeal the MfAN 
grant and are waiting for a final FCC turndown to go to court against 

Meanwhile, the Mansfield Journal has been carrying daily 
two-column frontpage articles for the past three weeks vilifying Lamb 
as a radical and Russian sympathizer, turned Republican for ’’opportun¬ 
istic reasons”. 


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’’New Tower--High Power" was the byword which launched 
Crosley Broadcasting Corporation’s WLV/T last Saturday (April 17) with 
50.000 watts and a tremendous entertainment and promotional campaign. 

Saturday opened a broad programming schedule of local and 
NBC features and a week of intensive promotion, accompanied by daily 
open house at the transmitter site. Special shows, displays and 
exhibits will be on view during the entire week April 17-23. 7,600 

persons visited WLIVT at its first open house on Sunday. 

J". P. Seeburg Corporation, Chicago, juke box makers, are 
offering a Select-O-Matic non-stop phonograph which will play 14 
hours continuously and without repeating a record. 

The Federal Communications Commission last v/eek granted a 
license to the International Ladies Garment V/orkers Union and it is 
expected the new radio station will start operating from temporary 
quarters in September - in time for the election. 

A hearing on the Port Huron Broadcasting Co. (WHLS) propos¬ 
ed decision, which held that broadcasting stations may not delete 
libelous and slanderous remarks from political broadcasts and are not 
liable for them under State laws, was set last week for May 7 by the 
Federal Communications Commission, in response to petitions from the 
National Association of Broadcasters and others. 

The American Broadcasting Company has entered into a work¬ 
ing agreement with television station WATV, in Newark, N. I., provid¬ 
ing for the use of that station for the telecasting of ABC-produced 
programs to the New York area. WATV, owned and operated by the Brem¬ 
er Broadcasting Corp., will go on the air May 15 and until V/JZ-TV 
launches its operations in August, will serve as an ABC outlet in 
the Metropolitan area. 

Program managers representing over 475 affiliates of the 
Mutual Broadcasting System, will convene for a two-day "Program 
Clinic" at the Hotel Astor, New York City on Thursday and Friday, 
April 22 and 23, at the invitation of Phillips Carlin, MBS Vice Pres¬ 
ident in charge of programs. "The Clinic" will precede by less than 
a month the meeting of JffiS affiliate owners and operators at the new 
$3,000,000 Mutual-Don Lee radio-television studios in Hollywood on 
May 19. The purpose of the two-day closed meeting is to discuss all 
phases of nrogramming for the radio network. 

Ray L. Hoefler, former District Sales I'lanager, has been 
appointed Manager of Distribution for Zenith Radio Corporation. Mr. 
Hoefler joined Zenith in 1941 as a member of the factory field sales 
organization, and in 1944 was appointed General Manager of Zenith 
Radio Distributing Corporation in Chicago. He was named District 
Sales Manager for the eastern seaboard in 1945. 


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Governor Clarence V/. Meadows, of V/est Virginia, head of 
the Logan Broadcasting Corporation at Logan, V/est Va, , has applied 
to the Federal Communications Commission for a construction permit 
for a new standard broadcast station to be operated on 1290 kc., 
power of 1 KV/ night, 5 10// day and unlimited hours of operation with 
directional antenna. 

An Associated Press dispatch from Manila, advises that the 
radio jamming of "Voice of Ajuerica" broadcasts to the Far East comes 
from the high power Russian station at Khabarovsk, 400 miles north 
of Vladivostok, United States ships reported Tuesday (April 20), 

Robert M. McGredy, for two years a member of the WTOP sales 
staff, was appointed Sales Manager on Monday (April 19) by Maurice 
Mitchell, General Manager of the 50,000 watt CBS outlet in Washington. 
Before and after his service in the S. Navy, Mr. McGredy was 
associated with the Washington Post as a salesman. He joined ’//TOP 
Acril 1, 1946. His new position becomes effective immediately. 

A total of $1,736,721 will be spent this year throughout 
the country by the 700 locals of the AmericanFederation of Musicians 
to provide free music for veterans’ hospitals and similar institu¬ 
tions. This sum exceeds by nearly $300,000 the amount spent in 1947, 
The money comes from a fund created by royalties paid on records and 
transcriptions under an agreement with recording companies. This 
agreement was terminated last Dec, 31 in compliance with the Taft- 
Hartley Act, 

Play-by-play baseball broadcasts will be carried this year 
by more than 200 FM radio stations, the FM Association announced yest¬ 
erday (April 2o) as the baseball season opened, A survey of the 482 
stations now on the air and those planning to begin operations short¬ 
ly disclosed that 192 stations currently are broadcasting baseball 
according to J. N. Bill Bailey, YlllA executive director, who supervis¬ 
ed the survey. 

Barbara Ward, member of the British Broadcasting Company’s 
Board of Governors and foreign editor of the London Economist, arriv¬ 
ed in New York on the bueen Mary yesterday (April 20) to attend the 
Second Annual Magazine Forum in the Waldorf-Astoria, April 27-28. 

Award of a contract for construction of a new building as 
part of a million-dollar expansion program at the Lancaster plant of 
the RCA Tube Department ror stepping up the production of cathode-ray 
television picture tubes, has been announced by Frank M. Folsom, Ex¬ 
ecutive Vice-Pres. of the Radio Corporation of America in charge of 
the RCA Victor Division, 

Irving H, Herriott, Jr., salesman for the Zenith Radio Dis¬ 
tributing Corcoration for ten years, has been appointed a District 
Sales Manager of Zenith Radio Corporation, He will serve the Lower 
Michigan and most of Indiana territories, Mr. Herriott joined Zenith 
Radio Distributing Corporation, wholly owned sales subsidiary of 
Zenith Radio Corp. as a salesman in 1938 and worked in that position 
until he entered naval service in April, 1941, after which he return¬ 
ed to Zenith to resume his duties as a radio salesman, 

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Sen. Tobey Orders V/holesale Radio-TV Probe; To Investigate RCA.1 

Clear Channel Hearings Concluded. o....2 

Californians Pete Rep. Lea...3 

Westinghouse-Philco Plan Radio-Television Center In Phila. ,....4 

Army Denies RCA ’’Leaked” Radar Data..o.»n .. o. ....4 

Durr, FCC Commissioner, Resigns: Rep. McDowell Satisfied.5 

PTC Charges Violations In Radio & Television Coarse Complaint,.7 

Rate Increases Granted International Telegraph Carriers By FCC.8 

Thl Association To Hold Regional Meeting......... ....8 

Sylvania Electric Earned ^1,162,737 In First Quarter......... . 9 

Smaller Papers Lean Tov/ard Radio Program Listing, ANPA Reports9 

RCA Develops New Miniature Broadcast Quality Microphone.,...10 

Interstate Commerce Committee Concludes Liquor Ad Hearings.10 

RMA-NAB Ask Radio Groups To Join Radio Week Observance....12 

Don Lee Plans Microwave Relay, San Diego to L.A.12 

Scissors And Paste^....... ....13 

Trade Notes..... 

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April 28, 1948 


Acting Chairman Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, more or less 
threw a bomb into the final hearings on Senator O'ohnson^s bill, 
(S.2231) to break down clear channels, by announcing that hearings 
would shortly get under way for a probe of radio allocations, regu¬ 
lations and patent ownership, with T\T low-band allocations, parti¬ 
cularly stressing an intensive investigation of the operations of 
the Radio Corporation of America. 

When reporters asked the reason for the RCA inquiry, Senator 
Tobey replied: '’Collusion and the efforts of large interests to ham¬ 
string progress in radio circles.” 

Senator Tobey touched off the incuiry last Friday by recall¬ 
ing Raymond Guy, NBC Manager of Radio and Allocations Engineering, to 
the witness stand. With Mr. Guy on the stand. Senator Tobey renewed 
his charge that the Radio Corporation of America and the National 
Broadcasting Company had tried to ’’hamstring” frequency modulation. 
When Mr. Guy denied certain other allegations which Senator Tobey 
made, saying that he v/as unable to answer policy auestions, the 
Senator called for ’’somebody who knows” but refused offer of written 

Prof. Edwin H. Armstrong, EM inventor and close friend of 
Senator Tobey, took the stand at the Acting Chairman’s reouest to 
reiterate his own frequent charges - and those of Senator Tobey - 
that RCA and the Federal Communications Commission impeded FM. 

Senator Tobey demanded whether RCA in past has ’’loaded” 
market with one type of set and then obsoleted it with another, and 
whether this procedure isn’t being followed with black-and-white as 
against color video receivers, Mr. Guy denied charge and said 
’’simple adapter” will permit color on monochrome sets. 

Long series of auestions about RCA patent policies and 
relations with manufacturers was posed by Senator Tobey but Mr. Guy 
said he was in no position to answer them. 

Senator Tobey demanded also a list of all public officials 
to whom RCA has ’’loaned” TV sets and ’’Terms of the loan” at the hear¬ 
ing last Friday, Earlier he had charged RCA gave six of seven FCC 
Commissioners free sets, with only Commissioner Robert Jones refusing. 
It was further admitted on Questioning that other FCC staffers had 
been ’’loaned” sets. 

Senator Tobey’s office reports that as yet no definite dates 
have been set for such an RCA investigation hearing as he proposes. 

It is understood that Dr. C. B. Jolliffe, Executive Vice- 
President of RCA Laboratories, has asked to appear, along with Mr. 











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In the final round-up of hearings on Senator Johnson’s 
bill (S.2231), to limit power of radio-broadcast stations, Louis G, 
Caldwell, Washington jfctorney for the Clear Channel Broadcasting 
Service, which opposes the measurg^jj^gpld the Senate Interstate Com¬ 
merce Committee last Friday, that/Senator Burton K. V/heeler, of 
Montana, holds interest in radio stations,, Mr. Wheeler earlier in 
the day had appeared as a witness before the Committee favoring 
legislation to ban so-called super-power radio stations. 

(Senator Wheeler termed Mr. Caldwell’s statement ’’pure 
unadulterated bunkum for the purpose of misrepresentation", the Unit¬ 
ed Press reported, adding that "super power" for a few stations 
would give them such a competitive advantage that a lot of small sta¬ 
tions would be bankrupt.) 

Mr. Caldwell said he accepted Mr. Wheeler’s statement that 
he (Wheeler) appeared before the Committee only on his own behalf and 
that he was not employed by anybody, but added: 

"He (Wheeler) is, hov/ever, just as much under an obligation 
as the rest of us to Eveal any interests which consciously or uncon¬ 
sciously might affect his viewpoints on the issues." 

While in the Senate, !’'r. Wheeler sponsored in 1938 a res¬ 
olution in which the Senate directed the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission not to authorize power in excess of 50,000 watts for stand¬ 
ard radio stations. 

Before the Senate Committee now is the Johnson bill which 
would write the 50,000-watt limitation into the 1934 Radio Act. It 
would also break up the 24 existing 1-A clear channels. 

Mr. Caldwell, in a statement submitted to the Committee, 
said that Mr. Wheeler, through members of his immediate family" is 
"interested in the most profitable" of six stations operated by Ed 
Craney, of Butte, Mont. He said Station KXLY at Spokane, V/ash., is 
managed by one of V/heeler’s sons, and another son, along with the 
Senator, constitute a law partnership with Mr. Craney as one of their 

"I am not charging Senator Wheeler with being influenced by 
these interests", Mr. Caldwell said. He has, however, asserted that 
stations of this character will be severely damaged or ruined if the 
Commission permits higher pov/er on clear channels. 

"He has also come out unaualifiedly for duplication on 
clear channels which would open up an even more desirable facility 
for this Spokane station." 

Summarizing the makeup and arguments of the bill’s propon¬ 
ents, Mr. Caldwell maintained that they represent "several inconsist¬ 
ent and contradictory schools of thoght" and that they want object¬ 
ives which are "mutually exclusive of each other." 

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Those appearing the last day (Friday, April 23), in oppos 
ition to the bill in addition to Mr. Caldwell were Victor Sholis, 
secretary, CCB3; Ralph Hardy and Glen A. V/ilkenson, KSL, Salt Lake 

Those appearing in favor of the legislation on the same 
day were Commander T.A.M. Craven, Cowles Broadcasting Co.; Frank U. 
Fletcher, WARL, Arlington, Va.; and E, B, Craney, KXLF, Butte, Mont. 
Also Raymond G. Guy, National Broadcasting Company, and Dr. E, H. 
Armstrong, inventor of FM, also testified, 

Victor Sholis, representing WHA3, Louisville, Ky., clear 
channel station, charged backers of the bill with dealing in "gener¬ 
alities" . 

"The record they left behind them is generously larded with 
the same venerable, generalized warnings that higher power will drive 
everyone else out of business", he said. "And we are still without 
a bill of particulars." 

Commander T.A.M. Craven, Vice President, Cowles Broadcast¬ 
ing Co., discussing NARBA and Florida interference, said Cuba was not 
living up to the spirit of treaty. He had also offered a plan to 
authorize four or five 1-B stations on each of the 1-A channels with 
directional antennas. 

Col. John H. DeWitt, Jr., President of WSM, Nashville, and 
engineering director of CCBS, said that he felt that Commander 
Craven’s plan for putting four outlets on each of the 1-A channels 
is "too close to the limit". The 1-B type of service given by WTOP, 
V/ashington, and KSTP, Minneapolis, he argued, is not the type of 
service which is needed. 

Touching on the international aspect. Col, DeV/itt said that 
duplication is exactly what Mexico and Cuba want and they will then 
be authorized to use our channels. 

After the report in the lead story of today’s issue, the 
hearing wound up for the time being. 


Representative Clarence F, Lea (D), of California, Chairman 
of the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Radio) Committee, dean 
of Far V/est Congressmen, who is retiring at the end of the current 
session after a continuous service of 32 years, was the guest of 
honor at a California Chamber of Commerce dinner Monday Night (April 
26) in Washington, D.C, 

Some of the State’s best-known citizens joined members of 
the Congressional delegation in honoring Representative and Mrs. Lea, 

At 76, Representative Le has the unique record of having 
been nominated for Congress by both major parties in 14 out of 16 


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Plans for Establishment of a V/estinghoiise-'^hilco Radio and 
Television Center, to house all radio and television broadcasting 
activities of the two companies in the Philadelphia area, were reveal 
ed today (28) in a Joint statement by V/alter Evans, President of 
Westinghouse Radio Stations, Inc., and John Ballantyne, President of 
Philco Television Broadcasting Corporation. 

The respective operations will occupy the present V/esting- 
house-KYW Building at 1619 V/alnut Street, which will be known as the 
Westinghouse-Philco Radio and Television Center. Alterations to the 
structure already are under way, 

"As a part of the overall plans", the announcement points 
out, "Philco television station WTZ, one of the pioneer telecasters 
of the country, leases the fifth and sixth floors of the Center. 

This arrangement will provide the additional studio space made neces¬ 
sary by Philco^s rapidly expanding television broadcasting operations 
Present studio quarters in the Architects Building will be vacated. 

"The space which 1/VPTZ will occupy in the new Center was 
especially designed for television when the building was erected. It 
is now rough-finished and ready for interior construction and final 
finishing. The framework is eauipped with all anchorages necessary 
for the most modern studio construction. The entire fifth floor will 
be devoted to television broadcasting, 

"Under the Joint occupancy plan, WT'^ also will use the 
large KYW Auditorium Studio for audience participation shows; and 
other KYVV studios will be made available as needed for television 
shows, rehearsals and experimentation,” 


The Army last week denied published reports that the Radio 
Corporation of America "leaked" radar secrets. It issued a lengthy 
memorandum "to correct the impressions" given by Columnist Drew 
Pearson in an article last December and reiterated two weeks ago, 

Mr. Pearson charged that RCA "deliberately flouted the 
Signal Corps’ secrecy order by filing for patents in Germany, Japan 
and the rest of the world" on radar-connected inventions in 1936, 

Twp of^the patent applications applied to an impulse generator, and 
the third to a signalling system. 

The Army said in its memorandum that RCA acted on the gen¬ 
erator before being advised that the Government planned to screen 
inventions important to national defense, 

"In contradiction of Mr. Pearson’s claims”, it said, "there 
is absolutely no evidence that the application for patent on the 
signalling system was disclosed abroad prior to Y-J Day," 

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Last week Clifford J. Durr, Federal Communications Commissioner 
tendered his resignation to the President as a member of the FCC, 
closely following the appointment of Mrs. Durr as Chairman of the 
Northern Virginia Committee for Henry Wallace. 

Last Thursday in the House, Representative McDowell (R), of 
Pennsylvania, brought up the matter by asking that an Associated "oress 
description of a statement made Wednesday (21) by Frank C. V/aldrop, 
an American journalist, on a ruling made by the Federal Communications 
Commission, be placed in the Congressional Record. Mr. McDowell felt 
that Mr, Waldrop who, he said, had long been a recognized authority on 
matters pertaining to free speech in our nation, ’’speaks for all of 
those Americans who are concerned over any attempt to abridge the 
right of expression in America”, and and felt that Mr. Waldrop’s ob¬ 
jections, as follows, to the FCC ruling should be made a part of the 
permanent Record. 

’’The Federal Communications Commission yesterday heard it¬ 
self called ’the principal enemy of free speech now operating within 
the Government of the United States.” 

’’Frank C. Waldrop, Washington Times-Herald editorial writer, 
applied the description in an apnearance before the Commission to pro¬ 
test the 7-year-old FCC ban against radio stations ’’editorializing” 
on public questions. 

’’Waldrop asked for revocation of the ban and ’a general cor¬ 
rection of past policies’ relating to supervision of broadcasting, 

’’The law did not appoint you America’s nursemaid, school 
ma’am, or censor’, Waldrop said, 

’’The no-editorializing rule was as staunchly championed by 
Norman Matthews, Chairman of the UAW-CIO international radio committee 
He said the wording of the ban itself - ’ truly free radio cannot be 
used to advocate the cause of the licensee’ - stated the case for re¬ 

Matthews contended that both the letter and the spirit of 
the rule is frequently violated by radio stations. He said that ’the 
licensing of broadcasters to editorialize will be a move toward a 
monopoly of opinion channels in the country.’ 

Representative McDowell went on further to say, ”I noted in 
today’s (22) paper two nev;s items of particular interest. One was 
that Mrs. Virginia Foster Durr, the wife of Federal Communications 
Commissioner Clifford Durr, had accepted the chairmanship of the 
Northern Virginia Committee for Henry \/allace. The second item list¬ 
ed Commissioner Durr’s being scheduled to call upon President Truman 
at the White House this morning, I feel that I express the fervent 
hope of 95 percent of the American people that Commissioner Durr tend¬ 
ered his resignation to the President of the United States,” 


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On the other hand, a Washington Post editorial handed a 
bouquet to Mr. Durr, as follows: 

"Although the radio industry may not recognize it, the ex- 
piration of Clifford 1. Durr’s term on the Federal Communications 
Commission at the end of June will deprive it of one of its best 
friends as well as of one of its severest critics, Mr. Durr has done 
a great deal to help radio grow up. He has encouraged broadcasters 
to emancipate themselves from their advertisers. He has fostered a 
measure of independence on the part of network affiliates. He has 
fought consistently for freedom of the air - viewing freedom always 
as the interest of the listener and insisting that radio make itself 
a medium for the conflict of ideas which is the essence of the demo¬ 
cratic process. He has had faith in the tremendous potentialities 
of radio and an understanding of its great social impact. 

"In asking Mr, Durr to accept renomination. President 
Truman paid tribute to the quality of his service and made amends, at 
least in part, for certain past failures to reappoint other men who 
had served his Administration faithfully and well. The request was 
the more commendable in this case because Mr. Durr has been a vigor¬ 
ous critic of the President’s loyalty investigation program. There 
ought to be room in the Government for rebels of such courage; they 
reliev the conformity which is too often the curse of bureaucracy® 

It is a public misfortune that Clifford Durr can no longer afford the 
luxury of public service," 

Commissioner Durr has been slashing out recently against 
the Federal loyalty tests among Federal employees and even since hand¬ 
ing in his resignation spoke last Friday night at a dinner of the 
Acoustical Society of America here in Washington, denouncing the 
President’s loyalty check program among Federal employees. He also 
rebuked the House Committee on Un-American Activities for its proced¬ 
ure in the case of Dr. Edward U. Condon, Director of the National 
Bureau of Standards. One of his statements which had to do with the 
radio and press was as follows: 

"If security requires the suppression of dangerous ideas, 
what about our broadcast stations and networks, with their continuous 
access to the ears and minds of the American people‘s What about our 
newspapers, with their tremendous power of moulding public opinion?" 

There are rumors flying around as to who may be appointed 
to replace Mr. Durr, the most prominent of which is the name of Brig, 
Gen, Telford Taylor, former FCC General Counsel, who has just return¬ 
ed to Washington from Germany where he was U, S. chief prosecutor at 
the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, 


Charles L, Sefrit, business m^anager of Bellinghyn (Wash.) 
Herald , reports this circulation department score sheet five weeks 
after discontinuance of Seattle radio station logs: 

Paid subscribers, 19,950 

Cancellations - 12 

Protests - 91 


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Radio Training Association of America, 5620 Hollywood Blvd., 
Hollywood, Calif., and its officers are charged in a complaint issued 
by the Federal Trade Commission with misrepresentation in the sale of 
correspondence courses in radio and television. The complaint not 
only charges the resoondents with falsely representing the advantages 
and benefits which purchasers of the courses could expect to receive, 
but also alleges that use of the word Association” in the corporate 
name of their business is deceptive and misleading. 

According to the complaint, the respondents represent that 
one completing their courses is assured of proper preparation and 
ample training for a successful future career as a technician in the 
fields of radio and television; that the courses embrace all the 
practical training necessary for success in these fields; that satis¬ 
factory completion of the courses properly equips one with the neces¬ 
sary qualifications to obtain and hold high-salaried positions in the 
radio and television industry and supplies him with adeouate radio 
shop knowledge for a lucrative future in radio; that they have a 
modernly eauipped radio and television laboratory in Hollywood, in 
which those students who satisfactorily complete their home study 
courses can obtain practical training and experience; and that the 
expenses of this laboratory training, including round trip transporta¬ 
tion from the student^s home to Hollywood, as well as lodging, are 
all included in the original tuition fee. Contrary to these repre¬ 
sentations, the complaint alleges that the true facts are in sub¬ 
stance as follows: 

The respondents’ courses are not sufficient to properly pre¬ 
pare and train one for employment as a technician in the radio and 
television industry. The best that a student can reasonably expect 
is to be ’’somewhat better qualified to enter the trade as an apprent¬ 
ice than one who has not received any practice! training or experi¬ 
ence or who has not studied the theory of such sciences.” The courses 
do not include any practical training whatever and merely instruct the 
student in the theory of radio and television. Completion of the 
courses does not properly equip one v/ith the necessary qualifications 
to obtain and hold a high-salaried position in the industry, nor does 
it assure a lucrative career in the radio field. The respondents do 
not have a radio and television laboratory in Hollywood or elsewhere, 
nor do they have any means of securing to students practical training 
or laboratory experience. The student never sees Hollywood unless he 
does so at his own expense. 

The complaint charges that the use of the word ’’Association” 
in the corporate name of the business represents that the enterprise 
is an organization composed of persons engaged, from an educational 
standpoint, in giving training in the mechanics and science of radio 
and television engineering and as such has some connection with the 
radio manufacturing and distributing industry. 

The officers of the corporation are Benjamin M, Klekner, 

Earl L, Kemp, Paul H, Thomsen and I, O’Connor. 

Alleging violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the 
complaint allows the respondents 20 days in which to file answer. 

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Because most United States international telegraph carriers 
urgently require additional revenue, the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission last week authorized emergency rate increases for outgoing 
commercial and ordinary press messages, effective today (April 28). 

The rate increases on such cable and radiotelegraph mes¬ 
sages are eynected to bring an additional ^3,188,000 to eight car¬ 
riers, several of which have been operating at a loss. Further 
revenues of ^295,000 are anticipated through inbound rate increases 
which may be secured by the carriers. 

The changes in rates for commercial messages originating 
in the continental United States (exclusive of Alaska) and intended 
for overseas points (except the United Kingdom and British Common- 
v/ealth countries) amount to from 2 to 6 cents per full rate word. 

The interim increases are the result of petitions by car¬ 
riers for supplemental relief to that granted by Commission action 
of last July. Further hearings held last December and January pro¬ 
duced more than 1000 pages of testimony and 200 exhibits evincing 
need of telegraph carriers for additional income to cover increased 
expenses. Appearances were made by RCA Communications, Inc.; The 
Western Union Telegraph Cor., Tropical Radio Telegraph Co.; Globe Wire¬ 
less, Ltd.; All America Cables and Radio, InCc-; Mackay Radio & Tele¬ 
graph Co,; The Commercial Cable Co,; Commercial Pacific Cable Co.; 
Press V/ireless, Inc,; United States-Liberia Radio Corp.; and Cable 
and Wireless (V/,I.), Ltd. 


Region 4 of the FM Association, which includes Delaware, 
North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, will 
hold meetings in Washington May 5 and 6. 

A forum-type discussion on programming will be moderated 
by Theodore Granik, of Mutual’s ’’American Forum of the Air”. R. C, 
Embry, Vice-President and Sales Manager of WITH-FM, Baltimore, will 
be moderator of a forum discussion on selling Wi, 

Among speakers scheduled for the YVA meeting will be 
Everett L. Dillard, FMA President; J. N, (Bill) Bailey, the Associa¬ 
tion’s Executive Director; Bond Geddes, Executive Vice-President of 
the Radio Manufacturers’ Association; E. Cleveland Giddings, Vice- 
President of Capital Transit Co., V/ashington and Robert F. Wolfe, 
President of WFRO-FM, Fremont, Ohio. 

The afternoon of May 5th, the delegates will tour the Bendix 
Radio plant in Baltimore as guests of v7illiam Hilliard, General Man¬ 
ager of Bendix Radio, 



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For Release: Thursday, April 29, 1948; 



Consolidated net income of Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., 
for the first quarter of 1948 was $1,162,737, equal to $1*06 per 
share on the 1,006,550 shares of common stock outstanding after deduct 
ing dividends of $1.00 a share on the $4 cumulative preferred stock. 
This compares with consolidated net income of $805,342, equal to 
70 cents a share on the common stock for the same quarter a year ago. 

Consolidated net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 1948, 
were $24,547,529, increase of 4 per cent over the $23,536,779 of sales 
for the first quarter of 1947, The demand for Sylvania products con¬ 
tinues high, the aggregate volume of production of tungsten and 
fluorescent lamps, fluorescent lighting fixtures, radio receiving 
tubes, cathode ray tubes (the television picture tube), radio sets 
and photoflash lamps being at about the same level as in the fourth 
quarter of 1947, 

Operating results at Colonial Radio Corp,, beginning with 
February, were on a profitable basis, whereas this subsidiary operat¬ 
ed at a loss in 1947, In addition to its profit from operations, 
there is included in Colonial’s first ouarter earnings a non-recurring 
net^income of approximately $180,000 arising from a profit on the sale 
of its assembly plants at Bloomington, Illinois, and Riverside, Calif, 

X X X X X X :: X X X 


Many smaller newspapers have begun within the last year to 
charge advertising rates for listing radio programs, it was brought 
out last week at the 62nd annual convention of the American Newspaper 
Publishers’ Association* 

A wide range of problems in the fields of advertising, radio 
circulation and business management were discussed during the sessions 

The new tendency for small newspapers to charge advertising 
rates for radio programs was described by speakers as a defensive 
move, resulting from the growing space required for Ml and FM list¬ 
ings, and for prospective television listings. No paper that has 
tried the experiment has reverted to free publication of the programs, 
it was contended, 

Mr. I. B, Hartford of T he Portsmouth (N,H.) Herald reported 
that he discontinued printing radio programs when the radio stations 
in his area refused to pay advertising rates for them. He said that 
the net loss of circulation was four subscriptions. 

The Committee estimated that thus far about 5 per cent of 
the approximately 600 A.NPA members that have less than 50,000 daily 
circulation have tried the experiment. They said it is being follow¬ 
ed with closest interest by other publishers, however. At the meet¬ 
ing in New York, representatives of fifteen additional newspapers 
indicated they were considering the move. 

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A new miniature velocity microphone which is smaller than a 
pack of cigarettes and has the sensitivity of the finest broadcasting 
microphones is now in production and will be available shortly, it 
has been announced by the RCA Engineering Products Department, 

One of the smallest broadcast microphones yet developed, 
the new low-cost RCA ’’Bantam" velocity microphone (Type KB-2C) is 
designed for use in radio studios, at remote broadcasts, at conven¬ 
tions, and in clubs. The unit is so small that it will not hide the 
faces of singers, speakers, and others using it. It fits comfort¬ 
ably in the palm of the hand and weighs only 12 ounces, making it 
ideal for use at remote pickups. 

The diminutive size of the microphone is made possible by 
designing the magnetic structure as a part of the case. New highly 
efficient magnetic materials employed in the unit have also contribut¬ 
ed to the Eduction in size, while retaining an output level compar¬ 
able to the larger, conventional types of microphones. 

The built-in swivel which is part of the case allows the 
microphone to be tilted forv;ard or backv;ard through an angle of ap¬ 
proximately 30 degrees. A switch located under the swivel pivot makes 
it possible to select bass response for voice or music. The voice 
position is useful for performers who must work close to the micro¬ 
phone, or in studios with long reverberation periods at the low fre¬ 
quencies , 



Last Thursday the Committee on Interstate and Foreign 
Commerce Committee concluded its hearings on Bills S, 265, S,2352 
and S,2365 (described in last week’s Radio News Service) prohibiting 
or restricting the advertising of alcoholic beverages, after receiv¬ 
ing further testimony in opposition to the bills from about fifty 
witnesses. Those in favor of the bills, including Senator Capper, 
and many others, had testified the day before. 

The National Editorial Association opposed "as a form of 
censorship" proposals to curbe or bar liquor newspaper and radio 

"Small town newspapers are not concerned with the small loss 
of revenue which may be involved", Arthur D. Jenkins, publisher of 
the Carlyle (Ill.) Union-Banner . told the Senate Commerce Committee, 
"They are concerned and I tell you they are seriously concerned with 
the new field of censorship that is being opened up and which will 
inevitably be extended to other forms of advertising, 

Mr. Jenkins identified himself as a legislative adviser to 
the N.E.A., a national association of newspaper publishers and 

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editors, and termed the three bills before the Committee ”a form of 

Rev. Sam Morris, San Antonio, Tex., radio speaker for the 
National Temperance and Prohibition Council, coordinating group for 
the dry forces, and Henry M. Johnson, Louisville, Ky., attorney and 
past council president, submitted a statement charging that the radio 
industry had adopted a ’’discriminatory” and ’’one-sided" policy "favor¬ 
ing the liquor forces, to the exclusion of the dry forces," 

Senator Reed (R), of Kansas, declared that he has "given 
up all hope" that the hard liouor industry will "ever observe any rule 
of decency" in its advertising. 

"Y/e have been unable to find a single 50,000-watt radio sta¬ 
tion in all of America which will sell the dry forces so much as one 
broadcast of choice evening time to counter the pro-drinking appeals 
that blanket the national day and night", the statement of the 
Prohibition Council further stated. 

The following editorial appeared in the Washington Times- 


"The drys never stop in their efforts to destroy the right 
of Americans to drink what they please. Their latest maneuver is an 
attack on press and radio liquor advertising, although liquor manu¬ 
facture and sale are legal in almost all the States, 

"Now before the Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Com¬ 
mittee are three bills on the subject. One of these would prohibit 
liquor ads in newspapers, magazines, radio programs, and all other 
interstate means of communication. Tv^o would drastically restrict 
such ads - for example, by limiting each of them to no more than 
three life-size pictures of the bottle of Old Panther, Northern Dis¬ 
comfort, or whatever beverage was being advertised, 

"These are direct attacks on the freedom of the press, as 
guaranteed by the first amendment to the Constitution, If Congress 
in a moment of idiocy should pass any one of them, and if the Supreme 
Court should later declare the statute constitutional, the way would 
be open to similar government regulation of all other kinds of adver¬ 

"That would be the beginning of the end of the free press 
which now safeguards the liberties of Americans - and which enemies 
of those liberties, from drys to Communists, fear and detest, 

"We hope this Senate Committee refused flatly to report out 
any of these bills. They don’t deserve even the polite consideration 
which the committee has been kind enough (or frightened enough by the 
dry lobbyists) to give them. 

Bob Hope’s definition of V/ashington, D. C.; 

"A small group of buildings surrounded by presidential candi¬ 
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All organizations and groups concerned either with radio 
or television broadcasting or the merchandising of radio and televi¬ 
sion receivers will be invited to participate, both nationally and 
in local communities, in the observance of National Radio Week 
November 14-20, a joint sponsoring committee representing the Radio 
Manufacturers^ Association and the National Association of Broad¬ 
casters, has announced. 

The RM/i-NABv Committee, has already received several propos¬ 
als from other organizations which wish to cooperate in celebrating 
the 28th anniversary of radio broadcasting, W. B. McGill, Chairman of 
the joint committee, said. 

Invitations to join in the industry promotion program will 
be sent shortly to organizations representing FM and television broad¬ 
casters, national associations of retail and wholesale groups, patrio¬ 
tic organizations, and others closely allied with radio, IVIr, McGill 

National Radio Week activities this year will fall into 
two major categorites, the Joint Committee decided. The first will 
be a repetition of the "Voice of Democracy" contest for high school 
students, and the second phase will constitute a climax to the year- 
round "Radio-in-Every-Room and Radio-for-Everyone" merchandising cam¬ 
paign designed to increase radio audiences by encouraging multiple 
set ownership in American homes, 


Don Lee Broadcasting System plans to construct a microwave 
television relay between San Diego and Los Angeles once a grant has 
been authorized for the former city. 

In explaining the plan, which will represent an investment 
of approximately ^^15,000, Harry Lubcke, television director, said that 
several sites are under consideration, including Mt, Soledad, which 
would be in line of sight with Don Lee’s Los Angeles antenna atop 
Mt, Lee, 

Hearings for San Diego are scheduled for June and once 
grants have been authorized, it is understood that DLBS hopes to have 
its relay operative within six months from start of erection, 


Walter Emerson, attorney and legal counsel for Station WENR, 
was named Secretary-Treasurer of the recently formed Illinois Broad¬ 
casters’ Association which met in Springfield, Other officers elect¬ 
ed at the meeting were Frank R. Mills, WDV/S, President; Robert B. 
Jones, Jr., WIRL, Vice-President; and to serve on the Executive Com¬ 
mittee: Arthur Harre, WJJD; Oscar Hirsch, Vi/KRO; Oliver Kellar, WTAX, 
and Leslie C. Johnson, WHBF, 


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The Strangler 

(Franlt C. Waldrop, Washington Times-Herald) 

Everybody who cares about free speech and a free press is 
bound to find something of interest in some just-finished hearings by 
the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is considering 
whether it ought to change a rule it issued on Ian. 16, 1941, forbid¬ 
ding the holder of a broadcasting license to be "an advocate". This 
rule has literally strangled most of the radio stations of the 
country as independent-minded institutions, 

V/ebster*s New International Dictionary defines an advocate 
as one who defends, vindicates or espouses any cause by argument. 

Let us suppose that in time of war a broadcaster feels 
moved to advocate the cause of the United States. The FCC has told 
him that he must not. 

Suppose he wants to advocate going to church on Sunday. He 
is forbid by the FCC to do so, on the pain that it will withdraw his 
license to do business. 

Imagine that a fire or a storm should lay waste this city 
of Washington. The FCC has already warned the broadcaster that he 
must not advocate giving humane assistance through the Red Cross. 

In the course of that order issued in 1941, the Commission 
stated that "freedom of speech on the radio must be broad enough to 
provide full and equal opportunity for the presentation to the public 
of ALL sides of public issues." But what is its definition of a pub¬ 
lic issue? Is religion a public issue? 

If that 1941 rule means what it says, no broadcaster’s lic¬ 
ense is worth the paper it is written on, for the atheists and the 
people who differ as between religious concepts certainly do not and 
in practical fact cannot have equal opportunity on the radio. 

Suppose a Mohammedan demands that the National Broadcasting 
Company let him have time equal to that given to Msgr, Fulton I. 

Sheen on a Sunday afternoon. V/hat does the FCC say the broadcaster 
must do? 

There are not only atheists in this country and people who 
quarrel about religion, but there are also people who don’t like the 
Red Cross, Is the broadcast license holder required under that 1941 
rule to let everyone of these jump up to his microphone and contradict 
him, if he advocates that the public go down to the blood banks and help 
save human life in a time of urgent emergency? 

In time of v/ar, where will the FCC draw the line? 

The fact is, of course, that neither radio nor other inform¬ 
ation medium can fairly promise a full and ecual opportunity to all 
sides of public issues. It must juse judgment, in the final analysis, 
in every day’s scheduling of events. It cannot rely on any automatic 
rule. Yet the FCC has said that radio WST NOT use judgment, but must 
give "all sides" of public issues, and that without even explaining 
what it means by a "public issue" let alone telling how a broadcaster 
can give "all” sides. 

Instead of providing the broadcaster with a clear and unmis¬ 
takable rule he can follow with certainty, it has loaded upon him an 
impossible responsibility and has taken upon itself an equally im¬ 
possible one. 

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Suppose, for instance, the '^CC is challenged by a broad¬ 
caster with courage and ingenuity. How will it strangle him? 

It tells him that he, personally, shall not be an advocate. 
Very well, suppose he lets someone else advocate his cause? Where 
does the FCC draw the line, there? Nobody can find out, from the 

The Commission, therefore, has an opportunity now in revok¬ 
ing this rule of 1941, to lay down a standard that is honest and work 
able. The rule should be that the license holder, subject to penal¬ 
ties and responsibilities of general law, shall exercise his own 
Judgment as to what he shall broadcast Just as the editor of a news¬ 
paper exercises his ovm Judgment. 

At present the FCC is attempting to qualify itself as a 
censor of the public mind in the United States. It shows no confi¬ 
dence in the public mind itself. 

Claims Telford Taylor Is Being Called Off 

(Drew Pearson, "Washington Post”) 

A damaging piece of paper has Just been found in Germany. 

It is a memo, written during the v;ar, asking authorization to erect 
a new crematorium big enough to burn 40 bodies daily at the Auschwitz 
slave-labor camp run by I. G, Farben. 

This evidence is expected to clinch the guilt of I. G. 

Farben directors for their war guilt in helping to kill thousands of 
laborers drafted by Hitler from occupied Europe. 

But Just as this evidence was uncovered, a strange thing 
happened in Nuernberg. Gen. Telford Taylor, hardworking war-crimes 
prosecutor (former FCC General Counsel), got instructions to come 
home, Taylor, at first, demurred, but Washington insisted. Just out 
of the hospital after an airplane accident, Taylor obeyed orders and 
is now back in the USA. 

Simultaneously, certain highly placed defense chiefs have 
started a quiet drive to save both the factories and the personnel of 
I,G. Farben, the Krupps and other big Nazi munitions-makers, 

This is probably the most significant development in Germany 


Taft Tells 'Pompeii Not To V/orry 
(Drew ;^earson, ’’Washington Post”) 

Ohio’s usually solemn Senator Robert A Taft and his wife 
were listening to a radio program, ”CBS V/as There”, dramatizing ancient 
times in modern language. This particular program was based on the 
fall of ancient Pompeii, and the dramatization was grim and gruesome. 

The people of Pompeii starved as their city was torn to 
pieces. As the program closed Senator Taft picked up the phone and 
called Columbia Broadcasting. 

”You can tell the people of Pompeii”, he said, ”not to 
worry. The Truman Administration will ask for a $42,000,000 relief 
program for them next week, I’m sure.” 



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Dr. Edwin H. Armstrong, Alpine, N.,T., has been granted a 
construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission for a 
new experimental television broadcast station; frequencies to be 
assigned by Commission's Chief Engineer; power 50 KV/ (operating) 
Dr. Armstrong was the inventor of FM radio. 

Paul V/hiteman and Murray B. Grabhorn have been elected 
Vice-Presidents of the American Broadcasting Company. Mr, VJhiteman 
is ABC’s Director of Music. Mr. Grabhorn is manager of the stations 
owned and operated by ABC including WJZ, the net’s key outlet in 
New York City. 

Guy della-Cioppa, for the past two years Assistant to the 
Chairman of the Board of the Columbia Broadcasting System, has been 
appointed Associate Director of Network Programs, Hollyv/ood. The 
number of network productions which originate in Hollywood and the 
mounting demand for CBS package programs made it essential to further 
expand network operations on the Coast, 

Joe McCaffrey, commentator and newsman, and formerly CBS 
Washington correspondent, has been appointed to the news staff of 
Radio Station WOL, Col. Albert L. Warner, Director of News for that 
station recently announced. 

Both sales and earnings of the Bendix Aviation Corporation 
increased sharply in the first quarter of the company’s new fiscal 
year compared to the similar 1947 period, Malcolm P. Ferguson, Presi¬ 
dent, reported to stockholders in a meeting at South Bend, Indiana, 
last week. 

Consolidated gross sales, royalties and other operating 
income for the three months ended December 31, 1947, the first quar¬ 
ter of 1948 fiscal year, amounted to .*38,991,753 compared to *3E,332- 
814 for the similar period last year. 

The company’s new commercial electronic automatic pilot, 
introduced shortly after v-j Day, is now being used on planes made by 
seven 1 eading manufacturers in the United States and Canada, and on 
17 principal airlines operating in all parts of the world. 

In conjunction v;ith plans of the National Broadcasting Co. 
to begin television operations on the I'-Iest Coast in the near future, 
Assistant Manager George Greaves of NBC radio station KNBC, San 
Francisco, will visit Washington to study video operations at WNBW. 
Mr, Greaves will spend a weeic v/ith WNBW Program Manager John Gaunt 
looking over the technical and programming phases of WNBW’s opera¬ 
tions with a view towards applying WNBW’s experiences for Vi/est Coast 

H. R. Baukhage, ABC radio commentator, newspaperman and 
lecturer, has accepted the chairmanship of the V/ashington, D, C, 
committee for the Crusade for Children of American Overseas Aid- 
United Nations Appeal for Children. 

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An agreement on the site and dates of the National Associa 
tion of Broadcasters’ annual conventions of 1949, 1950, end 1951 was 
signed last week by Howard Lane, V/J'JD, Chicago, Chairman of the NAB 
Convention Sites and Policy Committee, with Robert Quain, manager of 
Chicago’s Stevens Hotel. 

The agreement fixes the Stevens Hotel as the site, and 
April 8-13 as the time of the 1949 Convention. It includes also 
options on the week of April 14-19, 1950, and the week of April l$y 
1951, for subseauent conventionSc 

Robert M* McGredy was appointed Sales Manager of V/TOP, 
in V/ashington, last week, Mro McGredy, a member of the WTOP sales 
staff since April 1, 1946, fills the vacancy created by Richard 
Linkroum’s reappointment as WTO? Program Manager last Marche 

Dorman Israel^ Vice President of Emerson Radio and Phono- 
gramn Corpo, forecasts that radio will remain rhe principal daytime 
form of broadcasting, 

’’The shirt-pocket or vest-pocket radio, he believes, ”is 
not more than five years away.” 

The public can expect an increasing variety of sets - in¬ 
cluding more models with built-in tape or wire recorders and eventu¬ 
ally, facsimile newspaper receivers. 

The American Broadcasting Company has signed two-year 
affiliation agreements with four additional stations in its televi¬ 
sion network. The new ABC television affiliates are: WIVIAL-TV, 
Washington, D, C.; WTCN-T/ of Minneapolis, Minn,; KFIjIB-TV, San 
Diego, Cal.; and WDSU-'PV in New Orleans, La. 

The Radio Corporation of J^jnerica has just put out an 
attractive brochure on ’’The Magic of making television picture tubes”. 

Lyman Bryson, CBS Counselor on Public Affairs; Leon Levine, 
Director of Discussion Broadcasts; George Crothers, Assistant to the 
Director of Education; and Don Lerch, Director of Agricultural 
Broadcasts, will represent the Columbia Broadcasting System at the 
18th Annual Institute for Education by Radio to be held in Columbus, 
Ohio, April 29-May 3, 

A television set which projects a picture three feet by 
four feet under normal lighting conditions is now being produced by 
United States Television Mfg, Corp., it has been made known by 
Hamilton Hoge, President of UST. The new model uses a special metal 
screen developed by the company which, with the new UST circuit, 
is said to mark a great ad/ance in projection television. 

The first television ’’Oscar” has been awarded to Mr, George 
More O’Ferrall, a senior drama producer at the British Broadcasting 
Corporation Television Station at Alexandra Palace, London, for his 
work on "Hamlet”, televised by the BBC last December, 

The award took the form of a silver medal and was for the 
most artistic television production of the year. It will be present¬ 
ed annually. The presentation took place at the 21st anniversary 
dinner of the Television Society, which was founded in 1927 for the 
furtherance of study and research in television and allied problems. 

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Durr, FOG, Seen As Truman’s Latest Thorn; Coy At White House 

New Plant For Santa Barbara Station.,,*,,,*,.. 

Sheppard Bill V/ould End Network Station Ovmership,... 

Radio And RCA Probe To Start May 12...;. 

’’Voice Of America” Overseas Power To Be Increased.,. 

Ex-Sen. V/hefeler, Tyro, Amazes Miami; Catches Biggest Fish;.. 
FCC Denies TBA’s Petition For A,T.& T. & W.U, Rate Charges., 

Storer-Ryan Acquire Detroit TV Site;■Construct ion At Once... 
RMA Reports TV Sets Pass 300,000 Mark; FI/I Radios Gain. 

Sen. Taylor Notes ’’Discrimination” Even In Birmingham Radio., 
Taxi Company Cited For Illegal Radio Operation*,.,,,,,,. 

RCA Net Up 23^ V/ith Television In Major Role..... 

Amateur Mobile Operation Proposed Below 25 MC. 

1st Certificate Of Type Approval Issued By FCC For Equipment 
Professor Assails Attitude Of Press, Radio Toward War..._ 

Farnsworth Announces Plans To Market New Capehart Line 

Institute For Education By Radio Awards,. 

V/MAL Sets Up Organizational Plan,..,. 

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No. 1823 


May 5, 1948 


Clifford T. Durr, outspoken Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sioner, who resigned following a session with President Truman the 
morning after the announcement that Mrs. Durr had been appointed 
Chairman of the Northern Virginia Committee of Henry Wallace, is 
believed in official circles to be the latest thorn in the President’s 
campaign. This seemed to be confirmed by a gum-shoe visit to the 
V/hite House Monday by Wayne Coy, Chairman of the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission, who presumably called on Mr. Truman to discuss Mr. 
Durr’s successor. 

Already looked upon as a No, 1 trouble maker for the 
Administration, it is believed Mr. Durr will become more aggressive 
and noisier as the conventions and campaign approach and really get 
into his stride when he finally leaves the Commission Tune 30th, 

The latest outbreak of the turbulent FCC Commissioner, who 
is a brother-in-law of Mr, Justice Hugo L, Black of the U, S, Supreme 
Court, was last Friday night when addressing the Federation of 
American Scientists and the Washington Association of Scientists at 
the American University in Washington, Mr. Durr declared that 
Government scientists, regardless of any guilt in these days of loyal¬ 
ty tests trembled at the thought of losing their jobs. Mr. Durr 
warned against such an atmosphere of ’’corrosive fear”, saying: 

”In scientific and unscientific fields of endeavor alike, 

I am wondering if we are not endangering our security by the very 
methods we are adopting to preserve it, and alienating loyalty by 
the procedures we are applying for its promotion,” 

Mr. Durr said that because of repression in Europe, the 
United States gained Einstein, Szilard and Fermi, noted scientists, 
and said, ”I am wondering if, in the name of ’loyalty*, and ’security* 
we may not ourselves be in the v^ray of losing all we have gained, and 

Mr. Durr criticised a House subcommittee on un-American 
Activities for its report on Dr. Edward U, Condon, Director of the 
National Bureau of Standards, which had called Condon ’’one of the 
weakest links” in atomic security. 

Although far from popular with many broadcasters and with 
his critics on Capitol Hill on both sides of the aisle, such as 
Representative McDowell (R), of "Pennsylvania, Durr has come out 
better than 50-50 with the press. The most recent comment was by 
Jack Gould, Radio Editor of the New York Times , who defended him with: 

’’The decision of Clifford J. Durr not to accept reappoint¬ 
ment to the Federal Communications Commission means the loss to that 
body of one of its ablest and at the same time most controversial 
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of his family responsibilities, believed it time to seek a more 
remunerative post than a commissionership which pays ^10,000* 

”As an outspoken liberal of the New Deal school, Mr* Durr’s 
career with the FCC always has been a tempestuous one and he himself 
would be the last either to expect or to want anyone always to agree 
with his views. But certainly he leaves the FCC with a record of 
both very real and very important accomplishment in behalf of better 

”Mr. Durr’s guiding concept was a greater freedom of radio 
from the standpoint of the listener as opposed to the more publicized 
freedom of radio from the standpoint of the broadcaster. If not the 
father of FCC’s ’’Blue Book”, which called for improved over-all bal¬ 
ance in programming, he was its most energetic and articulate expon¬ 
ent. Though in practice the Blue Book has been badly bleached, the 
mere discussion of its main points prompted the broadcasters to look 
at themsleves and, in many cases, introduce beneficial reforms. For 
the achievement of that progress Mr. Durr is entitled to a generous 
share of the credit. 

”In his years devoted to broadcasting, Mr. Durr often was 
the lone dissenter on the FCC. Many of his points of view he was 
later to see accepted by the majority. His thoughtful opponents, 
if not the element of the trade press which delighted in subjecting 
him to petty and carping criticism, always respected his consistency 
of position in radio matters. In a business v/here expediency so 
often prevails, I-'f, Durr’s devotion to principle will be missed.” 

In addition to mention of Brig, Gen, Telford Tyler as a 
possible successor of Commissioner Durr, other names are now cropping 
up among them those of Edward Cooper, of Montana, a former newspaper¬ 
man, and communication expert of the Senate Committee; an unidenti¬ 
fied Arizona broadcaster, believed to have been propoposed by Senator 
McFarland (D), of Arizona when he called on President Truman last 
Friday, and present members of the FCC, namely Benedict P# Cottone, 
General Counsel, Acting Chief Engineer John A. V/illoughby and Chief 
Accountant, V/illiam I, Norfleet, It is to be hoped that someone 
closely allied with the broadcasting industry will be named, 



KDB, Don Lee affiliate in Santa Barbara, will operate from 
new facilities approximately July 1, according to General Manager Ed 
Kemble, The station acauires the ’’New Look” by move into a pictures¬ 
que Spanish Mission style building in the heart of Santa Barbara, A 
special 250-foot tower weighting 7 tons is now being erected. The 
tower, capable of carrying an FIVI antenna, will be the highest in the 
city. Its foundations are reinforced concrete columns weighing 60 
tons, and the ground system consists of nearly a ton of copper. The 
studio location is creating a new business center, called "Radio 


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A bill which would impose drastic restrictions on network 
broadcast service and ownership of radio stations, and would probably 
force a wholesale disposal of station and network properties worth 
millions of dollars, was introduced into the House of Representatives 
last week by Representative Harry R. Sheppard (D), of California, 
However, due to its extreme conditions, legal minds hold out little 
chance of its enactment. 

Some of its more salient points are: 

Prohibit ovmership of stations by national networks. 

Prohibit ownership of either networks or stations by manu¬ 
facturers of radio equipment, electronic components, or other equip¬ 
ment used in station operation. 

Forbid stations to devote any two consecutive hours to net¬ 
work programs, limiting them to ’’every other or alternate hour”. 

Define a network as two or more stations linked for simul¬ 
taneous broadcast - a definition which, industry observers noted, 
is the same as that insisted upon by several radio unions. 

Television, FM and international stations, as well as AM 
would be involved. Three of the four national networks and at least 
six eauipment manufacturers would be required to get rid of stations 
and the Radio Corporation of America would have to dispose of the 
National Broadcasting Company if the Sheppard Bill were passed. 

Representative Sheppard says that if the bill is not taken 
up in this session of Congress, and it is unlikely that it will be, 
he will reintroduce it at the next session if he is re-elected in 
November or have someone else do so if he is not among those present. 


It is understood that the investigation which Senator Charle 
V/. Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, disclosed at the final hearings on 
the Johnson Bill (S. 2231) is to be started on May 12, although he 
had hoped to fit it in at an earlier date. 

It was at this time that Senator Tobey pulled a surprise 
move by firing cuestions at Raymond Guy, NBC Manager of Radio and 
Allocations Engineering concerning the actions and policies of the 
Radio Corporation of America. Mr. Guy did not feel qualified to 
answer questions about RCA policy and Senator Tobey then suggested 
that "somebody who knows” about such matters be sent to a subsequent 
hearing which he would schedule. 

The indications are that the plans for the probe will be 
far-reaching and will consider radio and TV low-band allocations, 
regulations and patent ownership, in addition to RCA operations. 


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The State Department is taking prompt steps to step up the 
power of the ’’Voice of America” behind the Soviet iron curtain and 
elsewhere overseaso 

Officials said Monday a three-million-dollar supplemental 
fund now in the Congressional mill will bring; 

1« An early increase in the power of radio transmitting 
stations which relay American official broadcasts to eastern Siberia. 
This may help overcome ’’jamming” of programs, which officials said 
was continued despite an American protest to Moscow a month ago. 

2, A start toward building new and more powerful relay 
stations in Europe. 

3, Shipment of more American books and magazines to United 
States libraries abroad. There are 50 such information centers now. 

An increase to 84 is scheduled. 

4, Addition of special regional news for Europe, the Near 
East and Latin America to the daily wireless bulletin supplied 
foreign officials and publications, 

5, Expansion of radio, photo and motion picture staffs 
which were cut back a year ago. 

The three-million-dollar supplemental fund is contained in 
a 969-million-dollar catch-all appropriation bill carrying money for 
many Government agencies. The Senate, before recessing last Friday, 
sent the bill back to a conference committee to consider changes. 

Both Senate and House, hov/ever, have agreed to the State Department 

Representative John Taber (R), of Nev/ York, Chairman of the 
House Appropriations Committee still continues to criticize the 
’’Voice of America” calling it ’’incredible drivel which the Department 
foists on the world”. 

Upon reading some of the scripts sent to him to look over, 
he said that ’’by no stretch of the imagination could any be termed 
’first rate’; a few could soueeze into the second-rate classifica¬ 
tion, but the great majority consist of such trashy jargon that they 
are an insult to any listener, whether he be in the Congo or Chicago.” 

Representative Taber feels that no one knows how many ”if 
any” listen to the broadcasts and pointed out that ^100,000 per hour, 

22 hours per day, is an ’’expensive pasttime”, and ” if we must be bur¬ 
dened with it, let us try to enhance its value by making it a real 
voice from America,” 

Despite the notice of displacement of war-service and temp- 
ory employees in nine fields, the Civil Service Commission has announc- 


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I ed special emergency recruiting for writers, editors, producers and 
broadcasters, at salaries up to !^9,975 a year, for the State Depart¬ 
ment’s overseas information program. Applications are being accepted 
at the Commission’s office in Washington. 



Apparently one of the biggest talents of former Senator 
Burton K, Wheeler, of Montana, unknown not only to his old colleagues 
on Capitol Hill, but even to himself, is that of a deep sea fisherman 

As a guest of E. F. McDonald, Jr., of Chicago, President 
of the Zenith Radio Corpora,tion, and trying his hand at deep sea fish 
ing for the first time in hi^life at Miami Beach last week. Senator 
Vifheeler caught the record White Marlin of the year. It weighted 108 
pounds and Senator Wheeler suddenly found himself the envy of all the/ 
fishermen at that famous beach. 



Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission adopt¬ 
ed an Order denying a petition of the Television Broadcasters’ Assoc¬ 
iation insofar as it reouested suspension of the rates and charges 
filed by the American Telephone & Telegraph Company and The Western 
Union Telegraph Company applicable to the furnishing of television 
transmission services and facilities. The Commission also denied the 
petition insofar as it requested temporary waiver of the FCC’s Order 
of February 12, 1948, which permits commercial operations of the 

New York-Washington coaxial cable television facilities. 

However, the FCC granted the petition of TBA insofar as it 
requested an investigation and hearing regarding the lawfulness of 
such rates and regulations of the subject carriers. The hearing will 
be held in V/ashington, D. C., starting at 10:00 A.M. on June 15, 1948 

The TBA. petition pointed out that the rates as proposed are 
excessive and unreasonably burdensome upon commercial television 
transmission and gave several reasons why TBA felt a hearing was 
necessary. The rates, as filed, were to have become effective on 
May 1 if unopposed. 


The first international television broadcast in history was 
scheduled on VA/J-TV, The Detroit News station, last Thursday night, 
according to the TBA Weekly News Letter. WWJ-TV received permission 
of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission to televise the opening ceremonies of the Windsor 
Junior Chamber of Commerce Industrial Exposition in Windsor, Ont., 


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Television station 1/VTVO, the TV outlet of Detroit Broad¬ 
casting Company, a subsidiary of The Fort Industry Company of which 
George B, Storer is President, has acquired a site for its transmit¬ 
ter and construction is to start immediately* 

The television transmitter will be located at the corner 
of Lyndon and Cloverdale Avenues, in northwest Detroit, on a lot 
100 feet wide and 472 feet deep. The tower will be approximately 
500 feet tall and will hold both the TV and FM antennae of Detroit 
Broadcasting Company. Adjacent to the base of the tower will be the 
transmitter building, which also will accommodate work-shops and a 
garage for the TV modile unit, as well as cars belonging to station 

Contact between the TV transmitter and the downtown studios 
of WTVO will be by coaxial cable or relay link, depending upon which 
can be obtained with the greater speed to enable 17TV0 to get into 

No definite date has been established for the start crfl'/TVO 
operation, but work on setting up the tower and completing the stud¬ 
ios is being started and will be pushed with ell possible speed. 

The Fort Industry Company recently announced the acquisition 
of the two top floors of Detroit's Masonic Temple Building for stud¬ 
ios of television station ViTTVO, as well as WJBK and WIBK-FM. 



A total of 118,027 television receivers were manufactured 
by RJ/IA member-companies during the first quarter of 1948, the Radio 
Manufacturers* Association reported Monday (3). This output is al¬ 
most three times the production rate of the corresponding quarter of 
last year and 66 percent of the total TV set output during 1947. 

Radio set production remained at a high level, and FL^-Ai^ 
sets for the first quarter totalled 437,829 or two and a half times 
the number manufactured in the first quarter of 1947, 

All set production, including television, aggregated 
4,352,296 during the first quarter as compared with 4,321,406 in the 
corresponding period of 1947. Fev./er Al'i radios, especially table 
models, were reported for the 1948 quarter, however. 

The first 1948 quarter production of T^r sets brought the 
total output of RMA companies since the war to more than 300,000 and 
FM-AJ(f receivers to 1,794,418. 

The report on March set production, covering a five-week 
period ending April 2, showed production of 52,137 T\^ receivers, 
161,185 FTi-AJ'!^ sets, and a total of 1,633,435 radio and television 


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Senator Glen Taylor (D), of Idaho, former radio cowboy, 
Wallace’s vice-presidential running mate, had this to say in connec¬ 
tion with his encounter with the Birmingham police when he tried to 
go into a meeting place via the ’’Negro" entrance: 

"In Birmingham, I turned on the radio for a few moments. 

The first commercial I heard was v;ith reference to a beauty parlor. 

It mentioned the beauty parlor and then said ’where discriminating 
people go.’ The word ’discriminating’ hit me. I noticed it. I 
thought, that is likely to be in almost any advertisement. People 
are discriminating all over America. They can be discriminating in 
many different ways. 

"The next commercial was with reference to a barbor shop, 
and it was also for discriminating people. The next one was for a 
restaurant, and, lo, and behold, it was for discriminating people. 
Practically every commercial contained the word ’discriminating’." ■ 

No movie of the year is more exciting than Senator Taylor’s 
account to his fellow Senators in Washington than of his rough¬ 
handling by the Birmingham cops, v/here at one time he declares he 
actually feared for his life. This may be found in the Congressional 
Record of Vay 3, Page 5313. 

It is claimed the whole thing was a publicity stunt framed 
up by Taylor which backfired resulting not only in a fine and suspend 
ed jail sentence but also served to further inflame the people 
against President Truman’s Civil Rights bill. 



The Federal Communications Commission has communicated to 
the Attorney General the results of an investigation of alleged un¬ 
licensed radio operation by the Victory Taxi Cab Co. in Shawnee,Okla. 
which appear to warrant reference to the United States District 
Attorney for the District of Oklahoma for prosecution under Section 
501 of the Communications Act. 

The incuiry grew out of complaint by the Yellow Cab Co. of 
Shawnee that two unlicensed radio transmitters in cabs operated by 
the Victory Taxi Co. interfered with authorized mobile radio service 
by the former. Commission engineers reported finding an unlicensed 
transmitter being operated at the Victory Cab Co.’s offices for dis¬ 
patching purposes. 

Section 301 of the Communications Act expressly forbids un¬ 
licensed radio transmission. Section 501 provides penalty of a fine 
of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than 
two years, or both. 

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Net profit, after taxes, of the Radio Corporation of Amer¬ 
ica for the first quarter of 1948 was ?!5,764,498, representing an 
increase of #1,084,433, or 23 per cent, over the same period in 1947, 
Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, President and Chairman of the Board of the 
Radio Corporation of America, announced yesterday (May 4) at the 29th 
annual meeting of stockholders. 

Earnings per common share for the first quarter of this 
year amount to 36 cents, as compared with 28 cents per common share 
for the first quarter in 1947. 

General Sarnoff’s report covered all phases of RCA activi¬ 
ties in radio - research, engineering, manufacturing, broadcasting 
and world-wide communications. 

"At the end of 1947, RCA had a backlog of unfilled orders 
amounting to approximately $100,000,000", he announced.^ "At that 
time, consolidated inventories totalled ^61,500,000 of which $16,400- 
000 represented raw materials, $18,400,000 consisted of work in pro¬ 
cess, and f>26,700,000 represented finished goods." 

Despite expanded manufacturing facilities of the RCA Victor 
Division, orders for home instruments still exceed production, he 
said, declaring that the major increse had been in the sale of tele¬ 
vision sets which, in turn, increased demands for electron tubes, 
prompting expansion of the RCA Tube Plant in Lancaster, Pa, 

The radio Industry, in all its phases, is one of the most 
highly competitive businesses in the United States, he pointed out, 
recalling that newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting stations 
throughout the land carry the advertisements of the competing radio 
products and services. These, he declared, provide abundant proof of 
the keen competition which exists in this industry. 

"Outstanding advances in television have amply justified 
the optimism expressed at our meeting last year and on other occa¬ 
sions", asserted General Sarnoff, "Television began in 1947 to ful¬ 
fill its promise of becoming a new and dynamic postwar industry. It 
is gaining impetus daily. The Federal Communications Commission has 
authorized 93 television stations. In addition, 226 applications for 
construction permits are pending before the Commission. 

"More than 300,000 television receivers are in use and this 
number increases daily. By the end of this year, it is estimated that 
800,000 television sets will be in the homes of the public, RCA 
leadership in television,' research, engineering, manufacturing and 
broadcasting has played an important part in bringing this new ser¬ 
vice into so many American homes," 

Reporting on the activities of the National Broadcasting 
Company, he said that NBC marked its twenty-first year in 1947 with 
the largest volume of business in any year since its formation. 


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He also said that by the end of this year a number of NBC network 
affiliates will have television stations on the air. 

General Sarnoff stated that FM broadcasting is winning 
wider public acceptance, and recalled that RCA has been active in 
the technical development of FM since 1924, It was pointed out that 
RCA tube and circuit developments have simplified the technical de¬ 
sign of FM transmitters and receivers and have lowered manufacturing 

"Today, as FIA broadcasting spreads across the country at 
the rate of approximately 50 new stations a month", said General 
Sarnoff, "RCA is one of the chief suppliers of eauipment. V/e have 
delivered 167 W. transmitters, and have orders for 138 more. 
models of RCA Victor home radio instruments provide FM reception. 

Each of our television receivers is designed to receive by the 
sound portion of the television program." 

Scientific research and pioneering at RCA Laboratories con¬ 
tinue on an ever-increasing scale, he said, adding: 

"Our scientists and research men v/ill continue seeking new 
knowledge, not only in radio and electronics, but in allied fields. 

Vve have commenced work in atomic physics because it is related to 

"Nuclear energy, as a source of power, may become an import¬ 
ant factor in communications. It is no idle dream to envisage that 
radio sets of the future may take their power from tiny capsules of 
atomic energy or even from small particles of such material. Should 
this miniature power supply become possible, smaller and more compact 
radio and television sets may be built," 

New records of speed and accuracy in the handling of over¬ 
seas radio messages were achieved during the past year by RCA Com¬ 
munications, Inc., a service of RCA, General Sarnoff reported, not¬ 
ing that new equipment and mechanized operations have greatly advanc¬ 
ed the art of world-wide communications. 



At the request of the American Radio Relay League and a num¬ 
ber of individual amateur radio operators, the Federal Communications 
Commission proposed to amend Part 12 of its rules governing amateurs 
to permit amateur mobile operation on all available amateur bands, as 
is the case of amateur portable operation, and to clarify the require¬ 
ments and limitations covering both types of operation. The present 
rules permit amateur mobile oceration only on frequencies above 25 

The Commission also made final its proposal of March 24,1948, 
to change Part 12 of the Rules Governing the Amateur Radio Service so 
as to make the frequency band 220-225 megacycles available immediately 
to amateurs except in those areas where its use would cause interfer¬ 
ence to British or Canadian radar distance indicator systems, and in 
these excepted areas make the band 235-240 megacycles available to 
amateurs on a temporary basis. 



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The Federal Conmiunications Commission last Friday announced 
the grant of the first certificate of type approval issued under the 
provisions of Part 18 of its Rules Governing Miscellaneous Equipment. 
This certificate was issued to the Radalite Corporation of New York 
City for an interchangeable neon sign which is activated by radio 
frequency energy# 

Part 18 of the Commission’s rules become effective as of 
April 30 insofar as it applies to miscellaneous equipment.. "Miscel¬ 
laneous equipment" is defined as apparatus using radio frequency 
energy for heating, ionization of gases of other purposes in which 
the action of the energy emitted is directed upon the workload and 
which does not involve the use of associated radio receiving equip¬ 
ment# Part 18 of the rules and regulations insofar as it pertains to 
medical diathermy and industrial heating equipment became operative 
June 30, 1947, 

Manufacturers may submit equipment of this type to the Com¬ 
mission for tests to determine whether it conforms to the rules. 

Two of the major requirements involve the reduction of harmonic and 
spurious emissions to specified limits and operation within assigned 
frequency bands. Manufacturers of equipment meeting these require¬ 
ments are issued "Certificates of Type Approval" for identical appar¬ 
atus, Each piece of equipment so approved must have associated with 
it a dated certificate or nameplate setting forth the FCC type approv¬ 
al number and other data required by the rules. 

The Commission points out that many devices which use radio 
frequency energy are capable of causing serious interference, not 
only to standard broadcast and television radio receivers, but to the 
operation of radio services which involve the safety of life and pro¬ 



Prof, Curtis MacDougall of Northwestern University last 
Saturday, May 1, accused the majority of American newspapers and 
radio commientators of convincing most Americans that war is the only 
solution of today’s national problem.s^ according to an A.P. disp^atch# 

Professor MacDougall, of the Medill School of Journalism 
at Northwestern, told an audience at the University of Colorado’s 
17th annual nev/spaper week that the press as a whole is not helping 
the Nation find a peaceful way out of the present tense international 

"Eddy Gilmore, of the Associated Press, wrote from Moscow 
a fortnight ago that there is no comparable war fever there at all, 
but his dispatch was printed on inside pages if it was used at all". 
Professor MacDougall said, "If Gilmore’s objective report had been 
the opoosite, it would have been streamer headline news in every 
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Professor MacDougall said the most frightening aspect of 
the situation is that some people want to combat communism by imitat¬ 
ing some of its worst features at home. 

”I mean, of course, the really frightening attacks that 
have been made on our civil liberties, 

”I hold that the American press is falling down 
on its job lamentably by not combating these anti-democratic trends 
at home; that, as a matter of fact, a large section of the press is 
aiding and abetting the hysteria," 

"He said he left it was the duty of journalism professors 
to point out to students "the press’ dangerous deficiencies in this 



Plans for the marketing of the complete line of Capehart 
phonograph-radios and television receivers through a nation-wide dis¬ 
tributing organization were announced Monday (3) by President E. A, 
Nicholas of the Farnsworth Television & Radio Corporation at the 
company’s annual distributor convention now being held in Fort Wayne, 

Mr. Nicholas revealed that distributors are being appoint*^ 
ed to handle the Capehart line in most areas of the nation and that 
additional distributors would be selected in areas not now served by 
the company’s present distributors. 

He pointed out that the Capehart price range is being 
broadened to provide instruments for prospective purchasers in every 
income group, 

Mr, Nicholas said that distributors will have the opportun¬ 
ity of handling a Capehart-F'arnsworth line of radios, phonograph- 
radios and television receivers broad enough in price range and sales 
appeal to answer the needs of any franchised dealer, regardless of 
size or location. 

The complete line of new Capehart and Farnsworth television 
receivers, phonograph-radios and radios, comprised of 32 different 
models, was unveiled at the convention on Tuesday, May 4. 

Highlighting the presentation of the company’s 1948-1949 
line was the introduction of five new television receivers and a broad 
range of Capehart phonograph-radios priced from ?‘295 to tl,595. List 
prices of Farnsworth phonograph-radios start at ^99,95, with table 
model radios beginning at ^24,95, 




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The Columbia Broadcasting System won six of 14 first awards 
for production of radio network shows made last Saturday, May 1, by 
the Eighteenth Institute for Education by Radio. Three firsts went 
to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and one each to the 
National Broadcasting Company and to three organizations. Mutual 
received two first place awards. 

First Awards: Religious Programs - "The Eternal Light*’, 
National Broadcasting Company; ’’The Greatest Story Ever Told”, Ameri¬ 
can Broadcasting Company; "Family Theater”, Mutual Broadcasting 
System, Inc. 

Agricultural Programs - "The Garden Gate”, Columbia Broad¬ 
casting System; ''National Farm and Home Hour”, National Broadcasting 

Cultural, General - "CBS Is There”, Columbia Broadcasting 


Public Affairs - "Doorway to Life”, Columbia Broadcasting 
System; "CBS Documentary Unit Series”, Columbia Broadcasting System. 

Children’s Program - "Magic Adventures”, Canadian Broad¬ 
casting Corporation; "Melody Theater”, Mutual Broadcasting System. 

One-time Broadcasts - "The Friend and Peter Stuyvesant”, 
Columbia Broadcasting System; "Son of Man”, Columbia Broadcasting 
System; "Murder in the Cathedral”, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 

Two Public Affairs Programs - "Howard E, Smith from London”, 
Columbia Broadcasting System; "The United Nations Today” by the United 
National Network for Peace received special citations. 

Special Award to V/BBM, CBS-Chicago, was for its "Report Un¬ 
censored” series. 



A revised, in some cases continuing, operational set-up 
for the three broadcasting and television activities of the Evening 
Star Broadcasting Company of Washington, D. C, was announced last 
Friday by Kenneth H, Berkeley, Vice-President and General Manager of 
the capital city firm. Effective April 27, Fred Shawn joined Wl^/IAL, 
ViJMAL-TV and Wi^L-FlU as Manager of Television and Broadcast Operations. 
Mr, Shawn thereby resumed an association with Mr, Berkeley which be¬ 
gan some 15 years ago when Mr, Berkeley was in charge of the Washing¬ 
ton offices of NBC, 

Mr, Shawn, in his capacity as Manager of Television and 
Broadcast Operations heads the following departments of the A]\/r, W- and 
TV activities: Announcing, Engineering, Music, News, Production, 
Promotion':, Publicity, Special Features, Traffic and Women’s Activi¬ 
ties, Mr. Harry Hoskinson will act as Assistant to Mr, Shawn in 

Frank Harvey assumes the position of Chief Engineer of the 
Company and will be in charge of AM, FhK and Television Technical 
Operations; Mr. Earl Hilburn becomes Assistant Chief Engineer. 


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Lee De Forest’s Social Splurge 
(Mary Van Rensselaer Thayer, "The V/ashington Post”) 

One of the world’s greatest living inventors, Lee De Forest, 
and his pretty auburn-haired wife, are in town this week, enjoying 
one one of their rare social splurges. He’s the genius who invented 
the audion-vacuum tube, the life of electronics, which made radios 
and television possible, put sound in movies - made Marconi’s voice¬ 
less wireless speak. Sure of being an inventor since he was an 11- 
year old kid. Dr, De Forest’s first invention was a farm gate which 
opened automatically. Today over 300 of his patents are in constant 

Though he’s actually 75, he looks a casual 55, works 12 to 
14 hours every day - much of it standing in his laboratory. He also 
heads a school for 6000 scientifically inclined former GIs out in 
Chicago, He is president of a television company and an assortment 
of other business ventures. 

He invented the audion-vacuum tube back in 1906 and his 
most important contemporary project is working to make color possible 
in television. 

Unlike Edison and other big brains who needed little sleep. 
Dr, DeForest gets seven hours a night - but never lies down or naps 

Hiking and mountain climbing are his hobbies. He has climb¬ 
ed Mount Whitney, our highest peak, five times, the last ascent to 
celebrate his seventieth birthday. 

Presidential Candidates Advised to Eliminate Fireworks on 

("Look” Magazine) 

The big political shows in Philadelphia Ms June and July 
will be televised, V^hen the Republican and Democratic National Con¬ 
ventions gather to nominate their presidential candidates, more than 
three million people who can’t be there will be watching. They’ll 
continue to aye the actors in this drama until the polls close in 

This is the first campaign in which television has come 
into its own. Experts agree that it is likely to revolutionize pol¬ 

John Royal, '^^ice-President of NBC, has suggested some 
pointers to speakers, for television success. He says: ”1 - Make the 
speech as short as possible; 2 - Eliminate the fireworks; 3 - Have 
the facts and figures; 4 - Be sincere; 5 - Remember that your audience 
will average five people to a set, so be intimate; mob psychology 
is out; 6 - Speak in a natural voice - no Fourth of July oratory, 

7 - If alone in front of a camera, be conversational,” 

V7hen you watch your candidate speak, judge how well he 
obeys the rules above. 

President Truman has been televised more than any other 
candidate, but is still self-conscious. He looks dapper, but he is 
not animated. 





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Dewey is the most polished performer, though he tends to 
overgesticulate. His moustache, which cuts line of face, makes a 
good contrast. 

Television often makes Republic Speaker Joe Martin look 
as if he needs a shave. He^s ’’politician” type speaker, but with 
New England flavor. 

Though balding, Stassen appears boyish and friendly. He 
looks better in a full-faced view than in profile. His enthusiasm 
gets across to audience. 

Technicians say that Senator Taft’s frankness and sincerity 
help to compensate for his rather cold appearance and his colorless 

Gray hair, black eyebrows make Vandenberg interesting. He 
is the most statesmanlike delivery: impressive, poised and not flam¬ 

Henry V/allace has a rumpled appearance, hat is a very in¬ 
tense and direct speaker. Viewers say, ”He seems to be talking 
right to you,” 

V'larren, like MacArthur, has never been televised. But in 
newsreels, he looks good because of a full head of hair, open face 
and easy manner. 

Each convention will use 300 technicians, $1,500,000 worth 

of gear. 

Broadcasts To Ithl y 
(’’The Washington Post” ) 

Paradoxically, shortwave Voice of America broadcasts appear 
to have been of minor importance in the Italian elections, A good 
many reasons can be given for this. Foremost among them is the fact 
that Italy is a free country where the people do have access to in¬ 
formation. There is not the same impulse to listen to foreign sourc¬ 
es for the news as there is under the censored regimes behind the 
iron curtain. Moreover, as one correspondent pointed out, if the 
Italians were prone to listen to outside broadcasts, they probably 
would by custom tune in British programs, since it was the BBC that 
filled this gap in the days of Mussolini, 

The State Department, to be sure, has not placed all its 
eggs in one basket. Until appropriations cuts limited the practice, 
it made a policy of purchasing time on local broadcasting stations, 
and it plans to revive and expand this technique when more funds are 
forthcoming. What the reports from Italy indicate is the need for 
flexibility of approach, for a constant evaluation of the success of 
the foreign information program and a substitution of new techniques 
when old ones seem ineffectual. The important thing is that the 
American point of view be made knov/n as widely and in as many ways 
as possible, escecially in critical areas such as the Near and Middle 
East, which up to now have been largely neglected for want of ade¬ 
quate funds. Vie hope the Senate will evidence its appreciation of 
this need^by passage of the augumented foreign information appropri¬ 
ations which the House has already voted, 


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Fred E. Ahlert, since 1933 a Director of the American 
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was elected its 
President for the year beginning May 1st, Mr. Ahlert thus becomes 
the fourth president of the 34 year old American performing right 
society, Mr. Ahlert succeeds Deems Taylor who has served continuous 
ly as president since 1941 and who was not a candidate for re-elect¬ 

A new 35 mm sound motion picture projector which will en¬ 
able television broadcasters to expand their programming facilities 
by using standard 35mm films, has been announced by the Television 
Equipment Section of the RCA Engineering Products Department. 

The new RCA film projector (Type TP-35A), which projects 
35mm pictures directly on to the pickup tube of a television film 
camera for conversion to video signals, is based on the famous Bren- 
kert professional theatre motion picture projector, and incorporates 
all the outstanding features of this equipment. 

Decca Records, Inc, - March quarter: Net profit, ^388,399, 
or 50 cents a share, against ^687,118, or 88 cents a share last yeari 

Everett ’’Hal” Hough, young radio executive of the Midwest, 
has been signed as the new Program Director of WIBK and WJBK-FM, 
Detroit, according to an announcement released last week. Mr, Hough 
comes directly from KOI.IE, Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he has held the 
position of program drector and assistant manager. His radio back¬ 
ground includes more than 10 years* experience in all phases of 

Philco Corporation is acquiring the minority interest in 
Philco International Corporation, which has heretofore handled sales 
of Philco products outside the United States, it was announced Monday 
by John Ballantyne, President of Philco Corporation. In effecting 
this transaction, Philco will issue a net total of 7,120 shares of 
its authorized and unissued Common Stock, 

Philco is now represented by 150 foreign distributors and 
approximately 7500 dealers in 100 different countries, and the Cor¬ 
poration’s products are being sold and serviced in every country open 
to American manufacturers. 

Director of Research for V/TOP since February, 1947, Fay Day 
has been appointed Assistant Manager of Research in Radio Sales, 
Columbia Broadcasting System, New York. The promotion is effective 
May 10, according to Carl J. Burkland, General Sales Manager of Radio 

"During Mr, Day’s stay at VJTOP he set up one of the most 
unusual reference systems in existence in the radio industry",Maurice 
Mitchell, General Manager of V/TOP said. "His advice and counsel have 
been of inestimable value in the many programs and sales decisions we 
have had to make, I think he deserves no small amo’jnt of credit for 
our splendid position audience-wise in the community." 






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March sales of radio receiving tubes by member companies of 
the Radio Manufacturers’ Association totalled 18,208,842, an increase 
of more than one million above the 17,097,461 units sold in February, 
the RMA reported this week. Tube sales in March of this year, how.- 
ever, fell below the 19,048,950 tubes sold in March 1947. 

Sales of RtiA member-manufacturers in the first quarter of 
1948 totalled 51,311,230 tubes compared with 57,548,414 in the same 
1947 quarter. 

Of the total tubes sold in March, 12,966,473 were for new 
sets; 3,573,712 were for replacements; 1,604,173 for export; and 
64,484 were sold to government agencies. 

Fire badly damaged a radar installation adjoining the Cueens 
College campus in Flushing last week. The system was nearly ready 
for use as a supplement to existing facilities at LaOuardia Field, 

No accurate estimate of the monetary loss involved was available. One 
report that it would aggregate ^1,000,000 was called ’’probably far¬ 
fetched” by a Civil Aeronautics Administration official. 

Virtually everything except two antennae towers about 70 ft. 
high was wrecked. The tov/ers were to have relayed radar images to 
another installation at LaGuardia Field, 

Frank Stanton, President of the Columbia Broadcasting 
System last Friday received from Col, Raymond F, Crist, Director of 
the Third Marine Corps Reserve District, a scroll in recognition of 
the network’s assistance in the Citizen Marine Corps 1947-48 Enroll¬ 
ment Program. The presentation ceremony took place in Mr, Stanton’s 
Office at CBS headquarters in New York, 

Citation on the scroll reads: 

’’United States Marine Corps, in grateful recognition of 
outstanding cooperation and public service by the Columbia Broadcast- 
ing^System, presents this citation for assistance and guidance in 
aiding the Marine Corps to build a strong reserve force for the pre¬ 
servation and defense of a free America, in its Citizen Marine Corps 
Enrollment Program.” 

To meet demand for large screen television receivers in the 
metropolitan area, Andrea Radio Corporation is expanding production 
four to five times present volume> it was announced last Saturday (1), 
A complete new floor of 52,000 square feet will be added to the al¬ 
ready expanded plant in Long Island City, devoted exclusively to the 
manufacture of ’’Big Picture” television sets. 

A Micarta material, nev\/ly devebped for use in radio cabinets 
and featuring extreme durability and quality appearance, was announced 
today (L’ednesday) by Harold W. Schaefer, Director^of Research and 
and Engineering for the V'estinghouse Home Radio Division, First util¬ 
ized in a new model, the Micarta Duo, use of the new cabinet material 
will bring a 10 per cent saving to the public, Mr. Schaefer said, 

’’Cabinet Micarta duplicates the deep grain of highly polish¬ 
ed mahogany, but it will not splinter, warp, or crack, and its resist¬ 
ance to abrasion, chipping, or denting is more than twice that of 
standard cabinet woods”, Mr, Schaefer said in his announcement. 

He pointed out that although Micarta is more expensive per 
Square foot than mahogany, special properties of the new material al¬ 
low for easier shaping and forming in the manufacture of cabinets so 
that an overall cost is realized, 



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171 ay 14 1948 


FCC Commissioner Coy To Be Chief Speaker At NAB Convention.,.1 

Tobey’s RCA-FCC Probe Gets Under V/ay«..,«. ,....3 

Standardized Time Urged At House Hearing.. ..,.'^3 

Sarnoff Reveals Military Uses For Television A.t AFCA Meeting.4 

Dewey-Stassen Debate Would Be Biggest Radio-TV Prize.4 

Frank Mullen, NBC, Reported New Head Of Goodwill Stations,.5 

FCC Denies Petition Of Foundation Co. For WQQV/ License...5 

A, T, & T, Encourages Young Blood.....6 

FCC Under Probe By House Un-American Activities Group.6 

Educators Urged To Speed Plans For School FM Radio Stations.7 

Three New CBS Vice-Presidents; Other Personnel Appointed.8 

FCC Proposes Revised TV Allocations; Sets Hearing For Tune 14.8 

Don Lee T^T Station Gets Commercial Licenses; MBS Board To Meet.,..10 

Long Lines Strike Truce Saves Radio Networks.11 

Negroes Protest Truman-Petrillo Constitution Hall Debut.11 

CIO Asks FCC Forbid ’’Censoring'* By Radio.12 

Some FCC Time-Sharing Problems /aid Headaches Resolved..13 

Roberts, K.C, Star Publisher, Won’t Support Sen, Capper...13 

Scissors And Paste....14 

Trade Notes.....15 

No. 1824 

May 12, 1948 


Now that the railroad strike is temporarily halted, it looks 
like there should be a fine turnout at the 26th Annual Convention of 
the National Association of Broadcasters, which gets under way next 
Monday, May 17th, A large program has been planned and one of the 
outstanding features will be the Engineering Conference to be held 
May 19-22. 

The Management Conference portion of the Convention will 
begin with registration on Sunday, May 16, and occupy Monday and Tues¬ 
day, May 17 and 18. 

The Monday morning session on employee-employer relations 
will start the ball rolling, and Richard P. Doherty, NAB Director of 
employee-employer relations will speak on the subject "Controlling 
Labor Costs". 

The discussion of labor problems will be one of the leading 
features of the Convention, which this year for the first time is div¬ 
ided into two conferences, for top-level management and for engineers. 

Also the first morning will carry the employee-employer 
relations panel, "Unscrambling the Labor ligsaw Puzzle". 

Names of participants in Tuesday afternoon’s panel discus¬ 
sion - "Broadcasting - Horizons Unlimited" are as follov/s: 

Frank N. Stanton, President, CBS; Lewis Allen Weiss, Chair¬ 
man of Board, MBS; Mark V/oods, President, ABC; Moran E. Kersta, Dir¬ 
ector, Television Operations, NBC; Roger Clipp, General Manager, VJFIL, 
Philadelphia; Everett Dillard, President, FMA; Frederic R. Gamble, 
President, American Association of Advertising Agencies; Clair MbCol- 
lough, President, WGAL, Lancaster; Charles G. Mortimer, Chairman of 
the Board, The Advertising Council. Probably also H. I. Hoffman, 
representative of the Radio Manufacturers’ Association and President 
of the Hoffman Radio Co., Los Angeles, if he can attend. 

"Horizons Unlimited" will feature a look into the future of 
all types of radio, AM, ¥11^ television and facsimile, by the ten men, 
each of whom has long experience in one or more of the four fields of 

Resolutions to be voted on at the convention by the NAB 
membership will be processed by a committee of five under the chair¬ 
manship of W. I. Scripps, Station VfWI, Detroit, Mich.; Members are: 
Rex G. Howell, Station KFX.J, Grand Junction, Colo.; Leslie Johnson, 
Station V/HBF, Rock Island, Ill.; Arthur V/estlund, Station KRE, Berk¬ 
eley, Cal.; and James Woodruff, Jr., Station VJRBL, Columbus, 0. 

Charles G. Mortimer, Vice President of General Foods Corp.. 
and Chairman of the Board of the Advertising Council, will speak at 
the Monday (17) luncheon. 


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The speaker at Tuesday’s (18) luncheon is to be Wayne Coy, 
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. 

A newly revised and restyled draft of the Standards of Prac¬ 
tice for American Broadcasters, is to be ready for discussion by NAB 
members on Monday afternoon (17). The document which had its origin 
in the 1946 NAB Convention at Chicago, has undergone intensive revi¬ 
sion for more than a year. The major alteration in the Standards is 
the section now headed "The Broadcasters’ Creed", which sets forth the 
purposes of radio broadcasting, for which the main body of the Stand¬ 
ards is to serve as a guide. Power to put the Standards into effect 
has already been delegated to the Board of Directors by the membership. 

Members of the FCC attending the convention in addition to 
Chairman Coy v;ill be Commissioners George E. Sterling and Rosel H. 

Hyde and possibly Robert F. Jones. Staff members will include Bened¬ 
ict P. Cottone, General Counsel; John A. V/illoughby, Acting Chief 
Engineer; Cyril M. Braum and James E. Barr, heads of the Engineering 
Department’s FM and AM sections respectively, and Hart Cowperthwait, 
Acting head of the TV Section. 

The last four named members of the FCC staff were appointed 
by Commissioner Coy to take part in the FCC-Industry Roundtable sched¬ 
uled for Friday afternoon (21) during the Engineering Conference por¬ 
tion of the convention. Royal V. Howard, Director of the NAB Engi¬ 
neering Department will preside at the discussion. 

Taking part in the discussion with the FCC engineers will 
be five radio industry engineers: Neal McNaughten, Assistant Director 
of NAB’s Engineering Department; Orrin 1//, Towner, Technical Director, 
V/HAS, Louisville, Ky.; J. R. Poppele, Vice-President, W0R-MB3; Frank 
L. Marx, Vice-President in Charge of Engineering, ABC; and Paul A. 
de Mars, Consultant, Raymond M. Vi/ilmotte, Inc., Washington. All are 
members of the NAB Engineering Executive Committee and are specialists 
in many branches of broadcast engineering. 

NAB Pkigineering Director Howard said that the FCC engineers 
named were chosen as experts, in anticipation of difficult questions 
to be directed at the panel. Topics are expected to include radio 
operator licenses, the North American Regional Broadcasting A.greement, 
the use of 540 kilocycles, television channels, and many operating 

Actual television broadcasts and an open house at its new 
$3,000,000 multi-colored studios will be the highlight of the West 
Coast Mutual participation in the NAB convention when an inspection 
trip of the Mutual-Don Lee Broadcasting System studios takes place on 
Friday evening. May 21. This is being arranged for by Lewis Allen 
Weiss, Chairman of Mutual and Vice-President and General Manager of 
Don Lee. 

One of the highlights of the social side of the Convention 
will be a Fiesta at the beautiful home of A. Atwater Kent at Bel Air. 







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Today’s the day (May 12) for the hearings of the Senate 
Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee to commence. Acting Chair¬ 
man Senator Charles W, Tohey (R), of New Hampshire, will start to 
delve into the policies of the Radio Corporation of America and the 
Federal Communications Commission, for it was at his instigation that 
the hearings are being held* 

At this writing, C. B. Jolliffe, RCA Executive Vice-President 
in charge of RCA Laboratories, is expected to be the main witness and 
will undoubtedly be able to give all the answers to the questions that 
Senator Tobey will fire at him, particularly with regard to patent 
ownership and FU policy. 

It is also expected at this time that RCA will disclose the 
names of those to whom TV sets have been loaned which Senator Tobey 
charged at the hearings on the Johnson Bill earlier in May, were in 
the hands of several FCC Commissioners and staff members, 



Earl Gammons, Vice-President in Charge of Washington Oper¬ 
ations for the Columbia Broadcasting System, last Friday again testi¬ 
fied in hearings before the House Interstate Commerce subcommittee con¬ 
sidering H.R. 2740 by Rep. Joseph O’Hara (R), of Minnesota, and H.R. 
2414 by Rep, Emory H. Price, Jr., (D), of Florida, both providing 
standard time for business in interstate commerce. 

He said that a practice of individual communities shifting 
from standard to daylight time while others remain on standard time 
has disrupted the broadcasting industry and has inconvenienced the 
listening public, ‘’To make matters worse”, he continued, ”it has been 
necessary to reverse the entire procedure in the Fall of each year when 
the communities which observe daylight saving revert to standard time.” 

Mr, Gammons estimated that almost |200,000 will be spent by 
CBS this Summer for an additional telephone service and to record and 
play back all programs to stations located in standard time zones, 

”We believe that the only solution to the problem of broad¬ 
casters, advertisers, and listeners is the uniform observance of the 
same time system throughout the entire nation”, he said. 

Gene Juster, appearing for NBC and Washington Vice President 
and Frank M. Russell agreed that mandatory uniform time is needed. 

NAB Executive Vice President A. D. V/illard,^Jr. again asked 
Congress to ’’establish uniform time within the four time zones of the 
United States.” NAB ’’considers the need for uniformity to^be of such 
overriding importance to the broadcasting industry”, he said, that^it 
will lend its 'unaualified support” to H.R. 2740, a bill which provides 
for uniform standard time. 

Recently Mr, ^Ullard told the Senate Commerce Committee of^ 
the confusion caused in the broadcasting industry by time changes twice 
yearly, and asked for uniformity. 


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Warning that a nation which is complacent, ignoring the 
swift advances of science, courts disaster and possibly oblivion, 

Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, President and Chairman of the Board of the 
Radio Corporation of America, declared Monday (10) that any war of the 
future will be fought with new weapons and without a waiting period 
for mobilization. 

’’Recently, it was reported that the United States can build 
guided missiles capable of reaching any spot on earth”, he said. ”To 
think that we alone are capable of its development is to blind our¬ 
selves to reality.” 

General Sarnoff spoke before the second annual meeting of 
the Armed Forces Communications Association, of which he is President. 
He read a message from President Truman, who, in wishing the Associa¬ 
tion success, stated: ’’This Association’s program for maintaining 
close relations between the Armed Forces and the communications, 
electronics and photographic industries is an important contribution 
to the industrial preparedness which must buttress the future security 
of our country.” 

Stressing the importance of adapting new developments to 
military uses ’’before - instead of after - war comes”. General Sarnoff 
went on to say that ’’Television is a case in point. We all know that 
this new science, which combines radio., electronics and photography - 
fields in which our Association is primarily interested - has almost 
unlimited possibilities in its application to military as well as to 
industrial and entertainment activities. No doubt television can be 
a substantial aid to victory in any future war. The day may come when 
through television, the Commander-in-Chief in Washington will be able 
to watch distant military activities and maneuvers, even overseas. 



If Governor Thomas E. Dewey, of New York, and former Governor 
Harled E. Stassen, former of Minnesota, contending Republican presi¬ 
dential candidates agree to a debate over communism,in Oregon, it will 
be one of the biggest plums yet to fall into the lap of radio and tele¬ 
vision. As a national political event, it will almost be in a class 
with the famous Lincoln-Douglass slavery debate in Peoria, Ill., in 
1854, which made Lincoln famous. 

If the Dev/ey Stassen bout takes place, it will have to be 
within the next two weeks as the Oregon primaries are timed for May 21, 

There have been previous conflicting reports but according 
to the latest advices, Governor Dewey has accepted the debate invita¬ 
tion in a wire replying to Dr. Peter H. Odegard, President of Reed 
College of Portland., 

The New Yorker set the issue - ’’Shall the Communist Party be 
outlawed?” He suggested a Nationwide broadcast. It is an issue on 
which he and his Minnesota rival are at bitter odds. 

In his town-to-town campaigning, Mr, Dewey has hammered at 
Stassen’s original proposal to outlaw communism. Governor Dewey has 
demanded that it be kept in the open and under control. 

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Frank E. Mullen was reported by an Associated Press dispatch 
on Tuesday (May 11) to be planning to resign as Executive Vice-Presi¬ 
dent of the National Broadcasting Co, to become President of Goodwill 
Stations, Inc. The AP announcement went on to say: 

’’Sources close to both organizations said a deal had been 
practically completed for Mr, Mullen, originator of the ’’Farm and 
Home Hour" to succeed G. A. Richards as head of Goodwill Stations, 
which operates WJR in Detroit, WGAR in Cleveland and KI/IPC in Los 
Angeles. It was understood Richards might retire from active admin¬ 
istration of the stations - all of 50,000 watts power. 

’’The resignation of Mr. Mullen, who heads NBC’s ambitious 
television operations, is expected to become effective July 1.” 



The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday (May 11) 
adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order denying petition of the 
Foundation Co. of Washington, D.C. requesting that the issues contain¬ 
ed in the Commission’s order of April 4, 1947, designating for hearing 
petitioner's application, be enlarged to include issues to determine 
the qualifications of licensee of Station WQ,QW, V/ashington, to con¬ 
tinue the operation of that station, and that the Commission institute 
proceedings for the revocation of the WQQV/ license, and that the hear¬ 
ing on the revocation be consolidated with the hearing on petitioner's 

The Foundation Company avers that the licensee of V/Q,QV/, its 
officers, directors and stockholders are not technically, legally, 
financially and otherwise sufficiently qualified to continue the oper¬ 
ation of WQ.Q,W and to perform the services proposed in the original 
application; that the station’s management has established its inabil¬ 
ity to maintain the policies proposed in its original application; 
that the allegations contained in Foundation's petition for reconsider 
at ion of the original WQ,QW grant were and are sound in that the exper¬ 
ience gained from the station's operation conclusively has proved the 
inadequacy of the technical, legal and financial ability of the licen¬ 
see to operate WQOW in the public interest and it has now become neces 
sary for the licensee to attempt to reorganize or sell its assets. 

The Commission’s Opinion concludes with the following: 

”In view of the foregoing, we conclude that petitioner has 
alleged no basis for the institution of revocation proceedings against 
WQ,Q,V/ or for the inclusion of issues in a proceeding upon petitioner’s 
application looking to a comparative consideration of petitioner’s 
proposed operations and the existing operations of WQ,Q,W with a view to 
termination of the latter’s license. Vi/hen there are conflicting ap¬ 
plications which are timely filec*, the procedure of comparative con¬ 
sideration is proper. However, Inasmuch as petitioner's application 
was not filed until after Metropolitan’s application was granted and 
Metropolitan had acouired the rights of a grantee, petitioner is not 
at this time entitled to comparative consideration. 

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In line with A. T. & T.»s policy of giving young men a 
chance (Leroy Wilson, new A. T. & T. President is 47, A# T. & T.’s 
youngest president), Kenneth P. Wood, General Information Manager of 
the Illinois Bell Company, 40 years old, was appointed Assistant 
Vice-President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in 
Charge of Long Lines public relations activities. 

The new Assistant Vice-President comes to the Long Lines, 
which carries the network programs, with eighteen years of experience 
in the Illinois Bell Company. A native of Chicago, he was graduated 
with an A.B. degree in English from Wabash College in 1930. 

Mr. Wood joined the Illinois Bell Traffic group in Chicago 
as a Student Assistant shortly after he left college. Later, he 
became an Assistant District Traffic Superintendent and in April, 1937, 
he was made Traffic Supervisor in the General Employment Supervisor’s 
office and later in the General Traffic Supervisor’s section. 



Representative F. Edward Hebert (D), of Louisiana, charged 
last week that the Federal Communications Commission granted five 
broadcasting licenses to an applicant who is “saturated and drenched” 
in Communist writings, associations and affiliations”, and as a result 
the House Un-American Activities Committee is to investigate the 
Federal Communications Commission to determine whether the FCC is 
“part of a Red network". The Committee plans to taka no public action 
on Representative Hebert’s recuest until after an anti-Communist bill 
it is sponsoring clears the House. 

The applicant to whom Rep-veSentative Hebert referred was 
Edward Lamb, of Toledo, Ohio, union attorney and President of Record 
Publishing Company, which publishes the Erie (Pa.) Dispatch, and corn- 
companies controlled by him, who received construction permits in 
March for FM stations in Erie, Pa., Mansfield and Springfield, Ohio, 
and for television outlets in Erie and Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Hebert 
claimed that these applications were granted to lir. Lamb in a period 
of two weeks by the FCC, "which keeps untainted, red-blooded Americans 
cooling their heels outside their corridors, waiting for decisions and 
issuances of permits which are never reached." 

Files of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Repre¬ 
sentative Hebert said, show Mr. Lamb "has one of the most expansive 
records of association with the Communist Party in America." He also 
wrote a book on "The Planned Economy in Soviet Russia", Representative 
Hebert said. He said that testimony to this effect was given FCC "so 
we cannot say they did not knov/ anything about it."' 

FCC Chairman V/ayne Coy stated last Friday that an investiga¬ 
tion had been made, even calling in the FBI in an attempt to check 
information or source of information "that Lamb was a Communist", but 
found no information to support the charge. 

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Advance Release 
For Kay 13, 1948 


Hundreds of additional FM radio broadcasting stations should 
be established by educators within the next few years to make full 
use of the 20 channels reserved for educational broadcasting, accord¬ 
ing to Wayne Coy, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, 
writing in *’M for Education'*, a bulletin just released by the Federal 
Security Agency. lir. Coy states that the reserved channels, if left 
unused, might have to be assigned to commercial broadcasters* 

Quoting from Mr. Coy’s article, ”FFC Views FM Educational 

**To judge the value of this section of the ethereal public 
domain which the Commission has allocated for education, I suggest a 
look at the spirited competition which has arisen for assignments in 
the 80 channels allocated for commercial broadcasting. Although only 
relatively few FI/I receivers are in the hands of the public, 400 com¬ 
mercial FM stations are now in operation, 600 are under construction, 
and 120 applications are pending. This- activity is building potential 
audiences for the FM educational broadcaster. I look for from 2,000 
to 3,000 FM stations on the air within the next few years. Eventually 
the Commission expects FI5 to supplant Alii in all but the sparsely set¬ 
tled rural areas.” 

In a foreword to the Office of Education publication, John 
W. Studebaker, Commissioner of Education in the Federal Security 
Agency says: 

"This second and revised edition of ^Flvl for Education’ pre¬ 
sents encouraging evidence of the rapid growth in the utilization of 
this valuable educational tool since the end of the war. The avail¬ 
ability of transmitter equipment and FM receiving sets is no longer a 
bottleneck. Dozens of colleges, universities, and school systems sit¬ 
uated in various parts of the United States have made applications 
for FM frequencies. As of April 1948 some 100 school systems and 
colleges were on their way to FM station ownership and operation... 

It is my confident belief that radio as a tool of education is enter¬ 
ing upon a new era in the United States." 

The publication invites the attention of teachers of electr¬ 
onics, educational FM station planners, and of State and local school 
administrators to the facts that FM radio equipment is comparatively 
inexpensive to install and maintain and that FM offers superior recep¬ 
tion and transmission for educational programs. It furnishes sugges¬ 
tions for planning, licensing and utilizing FM educational^radio sta¬ 
tions owned by schools, colleges, and universities. Experiences of 
leading educational systems with Fl/I stations are highlighted, 

”FM” for Education" (revised) was prepared by Franklin Dun¬ 
ham, Chief of Educational Uses of Radio Section, Office of Education, 
with the assistance of Ronald R, Lowdermilk and Gertrude G, Broderick. 
Copies are on sale for 20 cents by the Superintendent of Documents, 

U, S. Government Printing Office, Vmshington 25, D, C, 



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Five promotions in the executive personnel of the Columbia 
Broadcasting were announced last week by Frank Stanton, President. 

The promotions are directly related to the rapidly expanding televi¬ 
sion operations of CBS and the integration of television with other 
broadcasting activities. The changes follow: 

Lawrence W. Loivman - Vice President in Charge of Television 
becomes a Vice President and General Executive. 

I. L. Van Volkenburg - Director of Station Administration, 
becomes Vice President and Director of Television Operations. 

I, Kelly Smith - Director of Station Relations, becomes 
Vice President in Charge of Station Administration. 

In addition to general supervision of television coordina¬ 
tion, the following will report to Mr. Lowman in his nev; capacity: 
the Personnel Relations, Reference and Short V/ave Departments, 

Mr. Van Volkenburg’s responsibilities will embrace all tele¬ 
vision operations, programming and sales. 

Mr. Smith will have supervision over all Columbia-owned sta¬ 
tions, Radio Sales, Cooperative Program Sales and CBS Housewives Pro¬ 
tective League Programs, 

(Note to Editors: Radio Sales is a corporate title. Please 
note use of caps,) 

V/illiam A. Schudt, Ir., Eastern Division Manager of Station 
Relations for CBS was appointed Director of Station Relations, succeed 
ing J. Kelly Smith who was promoted to Vice President in charge of 
Station Administration. 

Edward E, Hall has been appointed Eastern Division Manager, 
succeeding Mr. Schudt. 



As a result of hearing and oral argument, the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission made effective, as of June 14, 1948, its propos 
ed rule making of August 14, 1947, which will 

1. Abolish sharing of television channels by certain non-broad¬ 
cast services because of interference problems. 

2. Delete television channel No. 1 (44-50 megacycles) and assign 
it to Non-Government Fixed and Mobile Services which have been sharing 
television channels. 

3. Allocate the band 72-76 megacycles, nov^? a source of televi¬ 
sion interference, to the fired services on condition that no interfer 
ence will be caused to television. 

In conseauence, the Commission proposes to revise the table 
of allocations of the 12 remaining television channels to service 
areas throughout the nation. At the same time, it has ordered an en 
banc hearing, beginning September 20, 1948, in the matter of utiliz¬ 
ing freauencies in the 475-890 megacycle band for monochrone or color 
television broadcasting, or both. 



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Under present allocations, there are 13 television channels 
below 216 megacycles. All except No. 6 (82-88 Me.) are shared by var¬ 
ious other services. Evidence introduced at the hearing by both the 
Commission and private parties showed beyond any doubt that the joint 
use of television channels was not feasible. As a result, the shar¬ 
ing of all television channels is to be abandoned. 

In order to fill the needs of Non-Government Fixed and Mob¬ 
ile Services which have been sharing television channels, it is neces¬ 
sary to make television channel No. L (44-50 Me.) available for their 
operation, and to restrict the use of the 72-76 megacycle band (between 
television channels 4 and 5) to fixed services on an engineering bas¬ 
is which will not be a source of interference to television. Only one 
of the presently 96 licensed or otherwise authorized television sta¬ 
tions is assigned to channel 1, and of the 229 applicants only two 
seek that channel. 

Twenty-four FI^ stations currently operating in the *’low 
band'* would be affected by the FCC’s decision to assign that area - 
44-50 me., formerly TV Channel 1 - to the non-government, fixed and 
mobile services, and the Commission said these stations’ ’’continued 
temporary operation . . . may be authorized until Dec. 31, 1948, or 
until a sub-allocation of this band to the fixed and mobile services 
has been made final and effective by the Commission, whichever date 
is earlier.” 

The stations affected by the FCC decision are as follows 
(all of the commercial and some of the non-commercial stations already 
are operating in the high band as well as in low): 

FM Inventor Edwin H. Armstrong’s W2XliN, Alpine, N.J.; 1/VTIC- 
F^^ and V/DRC-FM, Hartford, Conn.; WGNB and liVEFll, Chicago; WOV/0- FM, 

Ft. V/ayne, Ind.; WABW, Indianapolis; Vi/MNE, Portland, Me.; T/VBZ-FM, 

Boston; 1 jVBZA-FM, Springfield and WGTR, Worcester, Mass,; W<J-FI/I, 

Detroit, Mich.; ViNBF-F^'I, Binghamton, N.Y.; WQ,XR-F]\iI and WABF, New York; 
l/VHEIi, Rochester, N.Y,; V/BCA, Schenectady, N.Y.; 1VELD, Columbus, Ohio; 
WIL-YlEf Philadelphia, and KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh. Non-commercial FM 
stations: KALW, San Francisco, Cal.; WBEZ, Chicago, Ill.; V/BKY, Lex¬ 
ington, Ky. ; and V/BOE, Cleveland, Ohio. 

It is understood that complaints are already reaching 
Capitol Hill with regard to ’’kicking” FM out of this 44-50 Me. band 
as of December 31, because it is felt that it will impede FT^ network 
relaying since manufacturers say tubes and equipment for high-band 
relays won’t be available for a year. 

Meanwhile, the Commission proposes to revise its table of 
allocations of the 12 television channels below 216 megacycles. A hear¬ 
ing in this matter will be held before the Commission en banc begin¬ 
ning June 14. 

As far as network programming of FM stations is concerned, 
the FCC believes that, in general, common carrier facilities will be 
used for this purpose. It is proposing a modification of its rule to 
permit intercity relaying of FM programs on frequencies allocated for 
FM studio-link-transmitter purposes (940-952 megacycles). At the same 
time, it points out that there is nothing in its rules to prevent FM 
stations in the 88-108 Me. band from rebroadcasting the programs of 
other FM stations, as is presently being done, 

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Lewis Allen Y/eiss, Board Chairman of the Mutual Broadcast¬ 
ing System and Executive Vice-President of Don Lee, has announced that 
Don Lee’s HollyT^rood-Los Angeles television station, KTSL on Channel 2, 
has extended its operational schedule to a permanent weekly program¬ 
ming basis, marking a major development in progress of television on 
the Pacific Coast. This also marks the second Mutual affiliate in 
one month to operate a video station on a permanent schedule, WGN-TV 
having started its regular operations in Chicago in April. 

Plans for extended program operations will be effected im¬ 
mediately and the station identification will be switched from the 
W6XA0 call letters fo KTSL, the latter taken from the initials of the 
station owner, Thomas S. Lee, President of the pioneer Don Lee organ¬ 
ization. W6XA0 v/ent on the air December 23, 1931, and is said to be 
the oldest station in the U.S. still operating on a regular program 

The transmitter, now located atop 1700 foot Mt, Lee, will 
be moved to Lee Park, formerly Deer Park on Mt. V/ilson, along with 
the KHE-FM transmitter which also is located on Mt. Lee. Looking for¬ 
ward to this future expansion, the Don Lee organization purchased 120 
acre Deer Park on Mt. V\?ilson several years ago. Elevation of this 
site is 5800 feet. 

However, the new half million dollar production studios on 
Mt, Lee will be used for many originations, together with the facil¬ 
ities now being completed in the new three million dollar Don Lee 
television radio studios to be finished this Summer at 1313 North 
Vine Street. 

"Receipt of the new license after so many years’ effort is 
a source of great satisfaction to our entire organization", Mr. Weiss 
said, "and it will serve as a stimulus to even greater effort now in 
the fields of studio and remote production." 

There are approximately 14,000 teleceivers in the KTSL look¬ 
ing area. It will continue to operate on Channel 2, at 55,25 mega¬ 
cycles for video and 59.75 for audio. 

Mr. Weiss’ announcement was made two weeks prior to the 
annual MBS Board of Directors’ meeting, to be held in the new 
$3,000,000 Hollywood studios on May 19. 

An outline of the Mutual network’s activities will be given 
to the approximately 500 MBS affiliated station owners who will be in 
Los Angeles attending the annual affiliates meeting on V/ednesday 
evening, May 19, as well as the annual convention of the National 
Association of Broadcasters, May 16-21. 

Mutual executives who will attend the NAB sessions include: 
Edgar Kobak;. Robert D, Swezey, Vice-President and General Manager; 
E.P.H. James, Vice-President in charge of Advertising, Promotion and 
Research; Robert A. Schmid, Vice-President in Charge of Station Rela¬ 
tions; E. M. Johnson, Director of Engineering; James Mahoney and 
Robert Carpenter, station relations field representatives and others, 


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The 23,000 American Telephone & Telegraph Co# Long Lines 
telephone workers decided last Saturday not to strike immediately. 

This was a break for the radio networks for the A. T. & T, long dis¬ 
tance telephone lines connect the broadcasting stations which carry 
the network programs. 

The A. T. & T* agreed Tuesday (11) to take part in negotia¬ 
tions in Washington today on woi^koc oh tract despite the fact that they 
had originally opposed shifting negotiations session to Washington* 

The Uniont, through its president, had said that the Union would attend 
the Washington conference whether or not the A. T. &7T. appeared or 

The contract for the long distance workers expired last 
Saturday. The workers are asking a 30-cent hourly wage boost. The 
Mediation Service said the union had assured the Government there will 
be no strike "pending the outcome of the Washington negotiations," 



The National Association for the Advancement of Colored 
People, of New York City, last week-end asked James C, Petrillo, Pres¬ 
ident of the American Federation of Musicians, AFL, not to stage the 
Federation’s second annual free music appreciation program in Consti¬ 
tution Hall because of the past policies of the Daughters of the Ameri¬ 
can Revolution, owner of the hall, in barring its use by Negro artists. 

Last week Mr, Petrillo visited President Truman at the 
White House to invite him and his family to a free concert sponsored 
by the union May 25th at Constitution Hall in V/ashington. Mr. Truman 
accepted on behalf of his wife and his daughter Margaret* 

Petrillo said the Musicians’ Union has set aside !*^1,736,721 
for free music appreciation programs throughout the United States, The 
May 25 concert in Washington will be the first the National Symphony 
Orchestra will play* 

Last year, Mr. Petrillo said, the musicians gave ‘^1,444,700 
for 10,495 performances at veterans’ hospitals, civic gatherings and 
other community projects. He said the money came out of the royalty 
fund on phonograph records which has since been outlawed by the Taft- 
Hartley law. 

The Negro association urged Mr, Petrillo "not to sponsor con¬ 
certs in any hall where Negro artists and union members may not appear." 

The Association recalled that use of the hall was denied to 
Marian Anderson, contralto, in 1939, and to Hazel Scott, pianist, wife 
of Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in 1945, Later the D.A.R* 
allowed the Tuskegee Institute choir to sing in the hall, but without 
pay* The D.A.R. thus avoided setting a precedent, the hall management 





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In connection with a hearing last Friday with regard to the 
Federal Communications Commission‘s decision in the "^ort Huron" case 
in which V/HLS was denied a renewal of its license, the Congress of 
Industrial Organizations asked the FCC on Monday (10) to confirm its 
tentative decision in the "''^ort Huron case". This decision was to 
the effect that a radio station licensee may not - State libel laws 
to the contrary notwithstanding - "censor" the content of a political 
broadcast, by amendment or elimination or by denial of its facilities 
for discussions in which the arguments of the candidates are punctuat¬ 
ed with personal references, either defamatory or libelous or both. 

The CIO, and its Political Action Committee, in a statement 
issued Monday, declared: 

"V/e feel that the principles set forth in the Port Huron 
case not only pave the way for greater freedom of political discus¬ 
sion in radio but also represent an important step toward giving work¬ 
ers’ organizations more equitable access to the country’s broadcasting 

"Official representatives of the CIO, and in particular can¬ 
didates for political office within its ranks are willing to accept 
the responsibility for allegedly libelous statements which may result 
in court action." 

Radio station operators in several States, however, have op¬ 
posed the Commission’s action and many legal arguments challenging the 
FCC decision have been presented, among them a statement from CBS 
Executive Vice President Joseph H. Ream who contended that the Port 
Huron principles would "go much farther than is necessary or desir¬ 
able in order to avoid discrimination among candidates - in fact, so 
far that political discussion on the air may be drastically curtailed." 

Also a brief was presented by Don Petty, General Counsel of 
the National Association of Broadcasters, who pointed out that "requir¬ 
ing radio stations to permit political candidates to broadcast libel- 
our statements is not necessary as a means of insuring that all qual¬ 
ified candidates have equal access to radio station facilities." 

Texas State stood pat in its intention to hold radio sta¬ 
tions responsible for libelous remarks contained in political broad¬ 
casts despite FCC’s Port Huron decision. 

Charles V. Wayland, attorney for KIDO, Boise, said KIDO and 
four other Idaho stations are being sued for ^100,000 each as a result 
of transcribed political speech of Senator Glen Taylor (D), of Idaho, 
who threatened to report stations to FCC if they didn’t carry it. He 
asked for clarification of Act. 


The Cuban Government seized the Communist radio station 
last week for reasons of public security. The government said the 
station had been broadcasting messages in code, "the nature of which 
it is not convenient to divulge for reasons of security." 




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The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday (10) 
a Decision and Order of Modification of License and Order to Show 
Cause, which,,.among other things, resolves time-sharing problems of 
certain New Jersey-Pennsylvania standard broadcast stations. It in¬ 
volves the following actions: 

Severed and granted the application of Valley Broadcasting Corp, 
for a new station at Allentown, Pa., to operate on 790 kc., with 500 
watts day, 1 K?// night. 

Separated from the proceedings and consolidated the applications 
of Camden Broadcasting Co., Camden, N.J., Ranulf Compton, d/b as Radio 
\VKDN, Camden, N.I., and Independence B/cg Co. (li/HAT) Philadelphia, for 
a new station to operate on 800 kc., 1 O/, daytime; granted the Com¬ 
pton application and denied the other two. 

Granted renewals of license to WOAX, Inc.(V/TNJ), Trenton, and I. 
Radio Industries Broadcast Co. (WCAP), Asbury Park, and conditionally 
denied license renewal of The City of Camden (WCAM), Camden, N.J., 
giving latter 60 days in which to show that it has exclusive control 
of its station and is financially and technically able to make ecuip- 
ment changes and operate full time. 

Denied applications for modification of licenses to WOAJC, Inc. 
(U^TNI), Camden, Radio Industries Broadcast Co, (WCAP), Asbury Par&, 
and The City of Camden (V/CAJA), Camden. 

Proposed to modify the temporary license of The City of Camden, 
(V/CAI/!) , Camden, N.J., to change from 1310 kc., 500 watts, S-V/CAP ana 
\VTNJ, to 1310 kc, 250 watts, unlimited time. 

Modified license of Radio Industries Broadcast Co. (WCAJ^), Asbury 
Park, N.J., to change from 1310 kc., 500 watts, 3-V/CAl^ and Vi/TNI, to 
1310 kc,, 250 watts, unlimited time. 

Modified license of WOAX, Inc. (IVTNI), Trenton, to change from 
1310 kc., 500 watts, S-WCAIA and WCAP, to 1300 kc., 250 watts.daytime. 

Modified license of Foulkrod Radio Engineering Co,(VArEL), Phila¬ 
delphia, to change from, 1340 kc, 250 w, S-l/VHA-T, to 860 kc, 250 watts, 
daytime, effective upon determination of the proceedings on the Order 
to Show Cause why WHAT^s license should not be modified. 

Ordered Independence B/cg Co. (WHAT), Philadelphia, to Show Cause 
why its license should not be modified from 1340 kc, 100 watts, S-1/VTEL 
to 1340 kc., 250 watts, unlimited time, and permitted WTEL to inter¬ 
vene and show why its license should not be modified to 1340 kc, 250 
watts, in lieu of WiL\To 



Roy A. Roberts, publisher of the pov^erful Kansas City Star , 
openly opposed the re-election of the venerable Senator Arthur Capper 
(R()', of Kansas. Addressing University of Kansas students, Mr, Roberts 

”I have tried to be kind to Arthur Capner. I love him. But 
I don’t want to have a man 80 or 90 years old representing us in writ¬ 
ing the treaty that will affect you students and my grandson.” 

Senator Capper, v/ho long has been a thorn in the side of the 
broadcasters with his perpetual bill to prohibit press and radio liquor 
advertising, opposed for renomination by former Gov. Andrew Schoeppel, 
is ranking majority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

He recently announced his candidacy.^ 




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Waldrop Speaks His Piece On ^ree Radio 
(George E. Sokolsky/’Washington Times Herald'*) 

Freedom is fast disappearing in most places. It could dis¬ 
appear here. The other day I was reading the testimony of my friend, 
Frank V/aldrop, of the Washington Times-Herald. 

Frank is what might be called a zealous barger-inner. He 
likes to fight for freedom and therefore he went down to lay the FOG 
low, because the FCC has a way of seeking to limit freedom on the air 
by holding that those who own radio stations must not use them to 
express an editorial opinion. 

It is all right for a movie actor to interrupt a comedy to 
read an editorial which his gag-writer prepared on what is right and 
wrong. It is all right for a so-called commentator to be-labor the 
public with irresponsible editorial opinion that no newspaper in this 
country would publish. 

It is all right for an atheist or a Communist or a Republi¬ 
can, Democrat, or Catholic, Protestant or Jew to use radio time to 
express private opinions for public consumption. 

But not the owner of the station. By becoming a licensee of 
the FCC, he has lost his inalienable right to express his mind. 

I suppose that it would be correct for him to go to somebody 
else’s station to speak his piece, but not on his own, 

Frank Waldrop went down to the FCC and landed this haymaker: 

"In the order aforementioned you (FCC) say that ’a truly 
free radio cannot be used to advocate the causes of the licensee', and 
offer in justification the instruction of Congress that you regulate 
broadcasting 'in public interest, necessity or convenience.' How does 
it serve the public interest, necessity or convenience to forbid the 
broadcaster the right to be an advocate?" 

The trouble with Frank is that he is too logical. The next 
question he might ask is why Wayne Coy and his colleagues on the FCC 
give wave lengths to the wrong kinds of people and take them away from 
sound people. 

That might raise a lot of arguments, but I only want to cite 
this as an example of how vigilant it is necessary for the American 
people to be if they do not want to lose their freedom. 

Suggests Coy May Be Drafted For Campaign 

(Jerry Klutz in "ViTashington ^>ost*') 

The Administration is looking for several top-drawer people 
to sparkplug the President’s campaign for reelection through the 
Democratic National Committee - several who are politically wise and 
alert like Wayne Coy, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission, In fact, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise if the Admin¬ 
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Commissioner Paul A. Walker of the Federal Communications 
Commission is expected to leave about May 24th for Stockholm, where 
he will head the U. S. observers at the Consultative Committee on 
International Telephone which convenes there from June 7 to 22. He 
expects to return to this country about luly 7, 

Marion Claire, Director of WGNB, W^T’s freauency modulation 
outlet, was elected to the Board of Directors of the FM Association 
at a recent meeting in Washington. In addition to serving on the 
Board, she was unanimously elected Chairman of the FI/LA’s 1948 conven¬ 
tion to be held in Chicago in September. 

Appointment of F, D. Meadows as Merchandise Manager of the 
Broadcast Audio Group of the RCA Engineering Products Department has 
just been announced by the department. He replaces R. A. Elliot, who 
has transferred to the RCA International Division for a South American 
assignment. In his new position, Mr. Meadows will supervise the 
merchandising of RCAZ^s complete line of broadcast audio equipment. 

In response to reouests from manufacturers and users of 
electron tubes, the National Bureau of Standards has established 
standards and equipment for testing and certifying small fixed stand¬ 
ards of capacitance ranging in value from 100 down to 0.001 micro¬ 
microfarads. This work, under the direction of Dr. Charles Moon, has 
involved the development of a series of primary reference standards 
and the contraction of several fixed secondary standards and variable 

The Arlington County (Va. across the river from Washington, 
D.C.) Tuesday night denied an application to build a 400-foot televi¬ 
sion tower in the county’s Country Club Rov/ area. 

The application for a use permit to construct the tower and 
a television transmitter building was made by the A. B, DuMont Labor¬ 
atories, Inc., to transmit television programs for Station V/TTG. 

Although they denied the use permit. County Board members 
urged the DuMont company to locate in Arlington County if some other 
more satisfactory area could be found. 

Harry M. Plotkin^ Assistant General Counsel of the Federal 
Communications Commission, has been designated to temporarily head the 
Law Department Broadcast Division. He will serve until September 1, 
by which time it is expected that a permanent appointment will be made 
to fill the position. 

Max Goldman, Assistant Division Chief of the Litigation and 
Administration Division, will serve as Acting Assistant General Counsel 
of that Division until Mr. Plotkin resumes his regular post. 

Appointment of I. C. Farley as General Manager of the Radio 
Division of Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., Emporium, Pa. was announ¬ 
ced over the week-end by H, Ward Zimmer, Vice President in charge of 
company operations. Mr. Farley has been associated with Sylvania 
Electric and its predecessors since 1922 and in 1946 he was appointed 
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The Washington Television Circulation Committee represent¬ 
ing the three operating television stations in Vi/ashington has announc¬ 
ed that there are 10,800 television sets installed and operating in 
the Washington area as of May 1. The announced figure, based on data 
compiled by the Electric Institute of Washington and stations WMAL-TV, 
V^BW and WTTG, represents the largest local increase in sets installed 
in any one month» 

Radio Station WIiTX announced Tuesday (11) that it now has in 
regular operation two 250-watt booster transmitters, in addition to 
its main 250-watt transmitter. 

A spokesman said that this marks the first time that any 
standard radio broadcast station has operated simultaneously more 
than one booster on a single frequency. 

The transmitter and both boosters are connected by micro- 
wave link, which helps to reduce interference in the station’s new 
coverage area. 

A concerted effort to rally the forces of industry and broad 
casting behind its move to obtain a census of radio receiver ownership 
in the 1950 Decennial Census was undertaken Tuesday (May 11) by the 
M Association. 

Following published reports that the Bureau of the Census 
was planning to exclude a count of radio set ownership in the next 
general census, the FM Association Board of Directors voted unanimous¬ 
ly, at a meeting in Washington last week, to formally request such a 
count of the Census Bureau, 

A serious slump in the sale of radio receiving sets on the 
home market, blamed on purchase tax increases, has produced a crisis 
in the industry, a London AP points out. The tax has increased from 
33-1/3 per cent to 66-2/3 percent in the 1st two Government budgets. 
The Radio Industry Council, representing the manufacturers, has appeal 
ed to Sir Stafford Cripps, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to reconsider 
the budget purchase tax proposals as they affect the industry. 

As a result of the slump in sales, more than 10,000 of the 
55,000 radio equipment factory workers have been dismissed or given 
notice. The council is pressing for a reduction in the purchase tax 
back to 22-1/3 per cent and for the abolition of the tax on televi¬ 
sion receivers, valves and tubes. 

Public relations and advertising via television has been in¬ 
cluded in the forum topics to be discussed at the First International 
Public Relations Institute to be held at the American University in 
Washington, D. C., from May 24 through May 27, 

Public relations experts from Great Britain, the Netherlands 
and other nations will attend the conference to exchange public rela¬ 
tions ideas, covering all media. The forum on television is headed by 
Dr. Albert F. Murray, Washington consulting engineer, 



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FCC O.K. Of CBS-Washington Post Capital Deal Held Certain^..1 

Brewer Adds Another FM To Growing Mass. Radio, News Domain...2 

Stassen-Dewey Debate Is Contrast To That Of Lincoln-Douglas.3 

State Dept. Press Greek Inquiry Re CBS Correspondent Murder4 

Use Of Common Antenna To Be Permitted..5 

NAB Convention Gets Under Way; Radio Code Taken Up.6 

UMA Reports On 1947 TV Distribution. ........7 

Gen. Taylor Says His FCC Appointment Purely Speculative....7 

WFIL Silenced By "Sabotage”; Union Sues Paper On Radio Story.,.,..8 
Mutual’s "Newsreel" Cited Favorably By Radio-Television Critics...8 

Trammell Statement Re Mullen Resignation; Smith To Head NBC TV....9 

World Trade And Communications Statement By FCC Chairman . ...9 

WCAU-TV^Begins Regular Schedule May 23; WCAU-Ffi Increased Power..11 
To Consider Amendment Re Radio Correspondents’ Membership In NPC.ll 

WJZ-TV V/ill Go On The Air In August....12 

Buffalo Churchgoers See Televised Consecration Of Bishop.12 

Scissors And Paste,.... . 13 

Trade Notes.. 15 

No, 1825 


May 19, 1946 


V/ith Wayne Coy, formerly connected with the V/ashington Post , 
and now Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the chances 
are believed good for FCC approval for permission to build and operate 
a television station on Channel No. 1£, thus expanding and further 
developing radio and television services in Washington. 

The FCC will be asked for approval to transfer the WTOP 
license and the construction permit for WTOP-FLi to a new corporation, 
to be owned 55 percent by the Post , and 45 percent by the Columbia 
Broadcasting System. This corporation will operate WTOP, the CBS 
50,000 watt AM station in Washington, WTOP-Fl!, and a television sta¬ 
tion, providing the FCC will grant authority for construction and oper¬ 
ation of a television station on Channel No. 12. 

Applications are being prepared for prompt submission to the 
FCC. All plans are contingent upon FCC approval. 

On completion of the transaction the Columbia Broadcasting 
System will continue to operate a Washington news staff and Washington 
office for the service of the network. 

Commenting on the announcement, Frank Stanton, President of 
CBS, said, "The entry of the Washington Post into large-scale radio 
operations in the nation’s capital constitutes an outstanding contribu¬ 
tion to the sound expansion of radio broadcasting. The management of 
the Post is universilly recognized for outstanding position of leader¬ 
ship in the newspaper field, and with its prior experience in radio 
will bring exceptional talents in all important developmental years 
immediately ahead, 

Phillip L. Graham, President and Publisher of the Washington 
P ost , said, "We are pleased to become associated with the Columbia 
Broadcasting System in providing an expanded broadcast service in 
Washington. With Columbia’s long and enviable record in radio, and 
extensive experience in television, we look forward to rapid develop¬ 
ment of an outstanding public service in these fields," 

It is contemplated that, upon completion of the transaction. 
The 1/Vashington Post will dispose of its presently owned radio stations, 
WINX and WINX-Fli in V/ashington. It was only last week (as carried in 
our May 12 issue) that WINX announced it was now using three 250-watt 
transmitters to more adequately cover the metropolitan D.C. area. This 
attracted wide interest as it is the first operation of its kind in 
the country and more or less establishes it as a network, WINX moved 
its main transmitter from downtown Washington to Arlington, Va., across 
the Potomac, and established its other boosters at its downtown site 
and at Rock Creek Park in the Chevy Chase-Bethesda-Silver Springs area 
of Maryland, WINX claims its nighttime coverage has been increased 
about 200^ via the booster system. 


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There were big doings on Cape Cod when Basil Brewer, dynamic 
New England broadcaster and publisher (who apparently not many know 
really hails from President Truman’s native State) added another EM 
station to his streamlined little group of Massachusetts radio sta¬ 
tions and newspapers. This time it was WCOB-El^,'i (94,3 meg.) at West 

In addition to this, Mr, Brewer, now has WOCB, standard 
wave station at V/est Yarmouth, WNBH, at New Bedford, and ^jVNBH-EM, 
plus two live newspapers - the New Bedford Times and the Cape Cod 
Standard Times , 

In the dedication of WOCB-Bi dignitaries of State, County 
and towns brought greetings and congratulations at a program in the 
West Yarmouth studio. 

Acclaimed as further proof of the booming assets of the 
Cape and Islands, the station broadcast the program on both its AM 
and EM facilities, 

A studio audience heard Governor Robert E, Bradford describe 
the event as "a symbol of the leadership and ingenuity which long ago 
placed Massachusetts in the forefront of industrious and prosperous 

A switch activating the Wi transmitter was thrown at 2:30 
P,M, by State Senator Edward C, Stone of Oyster Harbors, who hailed 
the inauguration of El^/i as a proof of the owner’s faith in the future. 

Saluting the new station. Governor Bradford said: 

’’The inaugural of Radio Station WOCB-EM, serving Cape Cod, 
Nantucket and Martha’s "^^ineyard with the most advanced method of radio 
broadcasting, is an occasion in which I am very proud to participate, 

”I see in this new enterprise a symbol of the leadership and 
ingenuity which long ago placed Massachusetts in the forefront of 
industrious and prosperous States and has kept her there since . . . 
Unlike some of the younger members of this nation, Massachusetts’ 
wealth is not in its unexplored acres of its untapped physical resourc¬ 
es, but in our ability to ’make the best with what we have’, a phil¬ 
osophy which, as World War II demonstrated, is certain to win over all 

”0ur greatness lies in the skills and character of our 
people, the excellence of the Commonwealth as a place in which to live 
and develop, and the overall skill with which we employ these incom¬ 
parable assets, 

"WOCB-EH^ represents a development particularly appropriate 
to this combination. The Cape and Islands are famed for the tried and 
proven character of their residents and for the beauties that nature 
bequeathed their sea-bordered shores. The forebears of your people 
carried to the world the rugged honesty and self-reliance and physical 
fortitude. Blended with these has been the growing artistic and 

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literary free expression of their descendants and of thousands of 
Summer visitors. 

commend Basil Brewer, owner of WOCB-FM for the foresight 
and leadership which have made this occasion possible. Southeastern 
Massachusetts has taken another stride along the path of progress, and 
I extend my best wishes to WOCB-FM for a long and useful existence.** 

David F. Shurtleff is the new Manager of Station WOCB-FM. 



Whereas it took weeks and months for the now famous Lincoln- 
Doublas debate to filter through the country, that of Governor Thomas 
E. Dewey and ex-Governor Harold E, Stassen was brought instantly to 
probably millions of people in their nation-wide radio hour-long 
debate on communism last Monday night (17) via the radio. 

According to whose side you were on, might have swayed your 
opinion as to who won the debate but in the opinion of most people, 
it seemed to come out pretty nearly a draw. The actual decision as 
to who brought forth the best points of the issue under consideration, 
namely, ”Shal the Communist Party in the United States Be Outlawed?" 
won’t be handed down until Friday, when 300,000 or so Republicans are 
eligible to cast primary ballots in Oregon. 

Both Republican candidates for President made good impres¬ 
sions over the air and appeared very much at ease and natural. 

Mr. Stassen contended last night (May 18) in a speech to an 
audience in Roseburg, Oregon, that the "combination of opposition has 
directed its full force on this Oregon primary. An unprecedented 
amount of newspaper advertising, billboards, radio time, paid campaign 
workers, and contacts, have put on a tremendous opposing campaign." 

The Communist party’s request Tuesday (18) for free radio 
time in which to reply to views brought up in the debate Monday night 
between Governor Dewey and Harold Stassen, received a prompt consent 
from the Mutual Broadcasting System, 

The same request to the American Broadcasting Company, 
another network that carried the debate, "probably" will be acted 
upon today (19), a spokesman said. The National Broadcasting Company, 
which also put the debate on the air, said it had received no recuest 
for time. 

Mutual offered the half-hour tonight (19) from 10 to 10:30 
when "Opinionaire" is carried. Since the program presents issues 
through debates, the party’s speakers would meet opposing views, and 
while the time was accepted by the Communist party, at this time the 
speakers who would present the "pros" and "cons" on the subject of 
the Mundt-Nixon bill. 




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George Polk, whose trussed-up body was found floating in 
the bay off Salonika, Greece, last Sunday, had formerly been employed 
as a correspondent by The New York Herald Tribune and covered the 
White House and State Department, which latter department is seeking 
to find an explanation from Greece for his brutal murder, I'r, ^olk 
was a correspondent for the Columbia Broadcasting System overseas. 

Officials of the CBS said that every effort would be made 
to uncover the facts of Mr, Polk’s death. Davidson Taylor, Vice-Pres¬ 
ident of the System, ordered Winston Burdett, CBS correspondent in 
Rome, to fly to Salonika and make an independent investigation, 

Frank Stanton, President of the radio chain, and V/illiam S. 
Paley,. Chairman of the Board, sent messages of condolence to Mr. ^^'olk’s 
mother, Mrs, A. R, Polk of Kirkwood,. Mo,, and made arrangements to fly 
her to Athens, where her son is to be buried, 

Constantin Rent is. Minister of ^Public Order,, posted a reward 
of 25 million drachmae (about '‘^25,000) on Monday for information lead¬ 
ing to the arrest of the slayers of Mr, Polk, 

Authoritative sources said the police were working on the 
theory that Mr, Polk made contact with the Communist underground in 
Salonika and spent several hours in a Communist hideout before he was 
shot and dumped into the bay. It is understood that he received 
several threatening messages. 

The Columbia Broadcasting System has just issued some 
excerpts from the last dispatch (May 4) received from George Polk, 
which are as follows: 

"The Greek situation is neither all black nor all white. 
Certainly, in comparison with Soviet-dominated Balkan countries, 

Greece is wonderfully free. Yet, judged by United States standards, 
Greece is sadly lacking in some of Democracy’s better features. Per¬ 
haps the best descriptive color for Greece is grey, 

”It is only fair to report, that for a country fighting a 
civil war, Greece enjoys remarkable freedom. Yet Greece is in the 
grip of politicians who are amazingly unwilling to serve anybody ex¬ 
cept themselves. Black market dealings constitute one of the biggest 
businesses in the country, 

"As an example of how the Greek government really feels 
about freedom of the press, there’s the interesting case of a Dutch 
correspondent whose legation in Athens recently applied for a visa for 

"The Greek Press Ministry granted the visa, but bluntly in¬ 
formed the Netherlands legation that ’one unfriendly’ story from the 
Dutch reporter and he’d lose his visiting permit. The moral is just 
that Holland is not providing funds to Greece, and money talks in 
Greece as elsewhere, 

"I don’t think the Greek government would dare interfere 
officially with an American correspondent - at least not at present. 

So the Greek government looks differently to different people* 

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’’Lacking official guts to attack us openly, the Greek of¬ 
ficials are working behind the scenes to get certain American report¬ 
ers transferred, or fired, etc. For example, I’ve never been reproach¬ 
ed by the numerous Greek Press Ministry officials whom I see con¬ 
stantly. Yet, the Greek Press Ministry has been actively seeking to 
discredit me for some time. 

”In my opinion, a reasonable United States attitude, in view 
of the practical circumstances, would be to accept the sovereign 
Greek government as it is, cooperate with it for mutual advantage, and 
not mention the gobbledegook about Greek democracy® 

’’The alternative to such a realistic United States attitude 
is to mean what we say about Greek democracy which is obtainable only 
by forcing major changes within Athens political circles. If such an 
alternative attitude is adopted, we would have as allies about six 
and three-quarter millions out of seven million Greeks. Certainly 
American policy in Greece is not fooling the Greeks. They know this 
East-West war, and they are in the front lines. 

’’Certainly, likewise, American policy in Greece is not fool¬ 
ing the Russians, Certainly, American policy in Greece is not fooling 
American reporters. That leaves only the American people to be fooled 
on what and why the United States is active in Greece, 

”I think it is time that the nonsense of fooling Americans 
ceased. One thing is clear . . . where there is so much smoke, fanned 
by so many reporters, there’s hot fire.” 


The Federal Communications Commission last week ordered that 
its rules and regulations with respect to the use of a common antenna 
by one or more standard broadcast stations or by one or more standard 
broadcast stations and a station of any other class of service, be 
amended to permit the simultaneous use of the same antenna or antenna 
structure. The new rule is effective June 21st, 

Prerequisites to an authorization for simultaneous use are: 

1) Submission of complete verified engineering data show¬ 
ing that satisfactory operation of each station will be obtained with¬ 
out adversely affecting the operation of the other station. 

2) Compliance with Section 3.45 (a) and (b) of FCC rules 
with respect to the minimum antenna height or field intensity for each 
standard broadcast station concerned. 

In what the stations believed was the first arrangement to 
take advantage of the change, WQ,Q,W, Washington, D, C,, and V/FAX, Falls 
Church, Va., announced plans for common use of Y/Q,Q3V*s Al! tower at 
Falls Church, 


Announcement of the winners of the WOR-New York Herald Trib¬ 
une High School Journalism Award will take place on Friday, June 11, 
Winners of the journalism contest are to be guest reporters of Sta¬ 
tion WOR and the New York Herald Tribune at the Republican and Demo¬ 
cratic Conventions in June and July, 


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One of the highlights at the opening session of the 26th 
Annual Convention of the National Association of Broadcasters, was the 
discussion of adoption of the "Standard of Practice” - a code for radio 
station operators. During the past two years there has been much dis¬ 
cussion and controversy over this code of ethics for broadcasting 
which has been somewhat changed from its original form to its present 
one. Judge Justin Miller, President of the NAB, reiterated a warning 
that lack of self-regulation by the industry might lead to Government 
regulation and even Government broadcasting. 

Restriction on the frequency of commercial announcements is 
one of the big issues in, the code. The draft code, a product of pro¬ 
tracted revision and compromise, calls for the avoidance in news broad¬ 
casts of sensationalism and unnecessary morbid details, inappropriate 
advertising sponsorship and commercials intermingled with news. 

There was so little dissent at the open forum held Monday 
(May 17) that Ted Cott of Station Vi/NEIV, New York, offered a resolution 
urging the Board of Directors to adopt the code at a meeting today 
(Wednesday). The resolution was adopted by a voice vote. 

The New York Times writes about the radio code editorially 
as follows: 

"Acceptance of a new code of standards by the membership of 
the National Association of Broadcasters, meeting in convention in 
Los Angeles, must be viewed with mixed emotions. As a gesture toward 
self-regulation and self-improvement, it can be welcomed as a step far 
preferable to further government regulation of radio programming. But 
as a real effort to clean radioes house of the abuses of excessive 
commercialism, it will mean very little to the average listener, 

"Consideration of the code started more than two years ago 
in the wake of widespread criticism of radio’s subservience to the 
advertising plug. Originally, a strong code with effects noticeable 
to the listener was proposed, but under the pressure of diverse inter¬ 
ests, it was steadily weakened. The version offered in Los Angeles 
now substantially affirms the status quo in broadcasting, and indeed, 
in many particulars, is less stringent than the standards followed by 
the more progressive individual stations and networks. An added weak¬ 
ness is that the NAB has made no provision for the enforcement of its 
own code, 

"But the code’s chief importance lies less in the words that 
the NAB has put on paper than in its intangible effects on broadcast¬ 
ing, Certainly the mere fact that the radio broadcasters, in drawing 
up a code, have had to subject themselves to self-criticism and self- 
analysis is a healthy and constructive move for so influential an 
industry. But the danger comes if the broadcasters, having finally 
agreed on a measure, now believe that their job is finished. The 
pursuit of higher standards must be a continuing function of a medium 
having access to the nation’s ear and mind, 


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A total of 162,181 television receivers were shipped to 21 
States and the District of Columbia during 1947, the Radio Manufactur¬ 
ers’ Association revealed Monday, May 17, in the first authoritative 
industry report on the distribution of TV sets among TV broadcasting 

About half of these TV sets were shipped to the New York- 
Nev/ark area, including suburban communities. New York City received 
56,645 and Newark 22,158 to rank first and second on the list of cit¬ 
ies to which RlfA manufacturers shipped sets. Philadelphia came third 
with 18,923 receivers, and Chicago was fourth with 13,723. 

Actual shipments of television sets during 1947 fell below 
the approximately 178,500 receivers manufactured, the RMA report 
pointed out, the difference being accounted for largely by TV sets 
held in factory inventories at the end of the year. 

The WA intends to issue quarterly reports on television 
set distribution during 1948. During the first quarter of this year 
118,027 T\T sets were manufactured by RVA member-companies, bringing 
the total production since the war to more than 300,000 as of April 
1st. Only 6,476 TV sets were made in 1946. 



Brig, Gen. Telford Taylor, American chief prosecutor at the 
Nuernberg war'crimes trials, and former General Counsel of the Eeder- 
al Communications Commission, who has just recently returned to this 
country, said in a press conference called to announce the imminent 
closing of the special war court, that he believes a permanent world 
court should be set up to handle any such cases in the future. 

The former Washington attorney, in a press interview, said 
that conduct of the war trials at Nuernberg proved the special court 
was '’abundantly fair” despite published criticism that the trials 
were ”a moral fraud” which set up a precedent for "a war winner’s 
court" to try war losers. 

General Taylor will return shortly to Nuernberg for comple¬ 
tion of the four remaining trials. He said eight cases have been 
finished and the last four, dealing with war-making charges, will be 
ended in two or three months. 

He also said he v/ill resign from the Army, probably next 
Fall, after his work is completed and his final report is made, and 
that he had ho personal plans upon closing of the court other than 
to "return to civil life". He termed public reports he’d return to 
a high post in the Federal Communications Commission as "purely 
speculative" and that he had not been asked by the White House to 
become a member of the FCC, 




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Officials of the radio station WEIL, in Philadelphia, said 
Monday» May 17, that the main cable linking its downtown studios with 
a suburban transmitter was cut Sunday night in what they described as 
"a deliberate case of sabotage", according to an Associated Press 

Both V/FIL and Station KYV/ were cut off the air at 0 P.M,, 
EST. KYV/ was able to resume normal operations in less than two minutes 
by means of a spare cable. V^FIL, however, was off the air for 11 
minutes and was forced to transmit musical transcriptions for an add¬ 
itional two hours and seven minutes before resuming scheduled broad¬ 
casts over the American Broadcasting Company system, 

WFIL has been operated by supervisory employees since 
May 1 when 43 engineers, members of the American Communications Asso¬ 
ciation (CIO), left their jobs. Station officials described the 
strike as a jurisdictional dispute, while union officials said it 
was a wage dispute. 

Roger W. Clinp, General Manager of 1»VFIL, issued this state¬ 

"This is obviously a deliberate case of sabotage. WFIL is 
offering a reward of t2,500 for information leading to the arrest 
and conviction of the saboteur or saboteurs responsible for this int¬ 
erference with American broadcasting," 

Yesterday (May 18), two officials of the American Communica¬ 
tions Association (CIO) filed a U. S. District Court libel action 
asking |100,000 damages each* Union President Joseph P. Selly and 
secretary Joseph Kehoe filed the suit against Triangle Publications, 
Inc., its divisions - the Philadelphia Inquirer and Radio Stations 
Vi/FIL and WFIL-TV and WFIL General Manager Roger W. Clipp. Basis of 
the action is the Inquirer’s story of the cable circuit break Sunday 
night which interrupted programs of WIL. 



The "Mutual Newsreel" week-day program (9:15 to 9:30 P.M., 
EDT), designed specifically to report the voices of the people all 
over the world as they make the news, has been cited by the Radio- 
Television Critics Circle of New York as a "new development in news 
presentation". The citation was noted in the first annual report of 
the organization, which covered broadcasting operations by the four 
major networks and several key independent stations, 

Recognition of the "Newsreel" technique by the Critics 
stems from the efforts of all Mutual personnel involved in its week¬ 
day presentations, from A. A. Schechter, MBS Director of News and 
Special Events who developed the show, to the i®S news men and re¬ 
porters in affiliated stations throughout the country, to accent the 
"voices in the news" for each broadcast and to minimize narrative 
reports. The voices of dozens of headline making personalities - 
the^President of the United States, King George VI of England, Prime 
Minister Atlee, UN officials, etc., have been heard regularly on 


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The National Broadcasting System last Saturday announced 
that Carleton Smith, former \'IRG V/ashington General Manager, has been 
named Director of all NBC television operations. This past February 
he was made Manager of the NBC television department in New York. 

Mr. Smith’s new post is the result of realignment of execu¬ 
tives’ duties within the network following the resignation of Frank 
E. Mullen, Executive Vice-President, who has accepted the presidency 
of the Goodwill Stations (V/JR, Detroit, WGAR, Cleveland, and KMPC, 

Los Angeles), as reported in our issue of May 12th. 

The following statements of Mr. Trammell and Mr. Mullen are 
of interest: 

”It is with genuine regret that I announce the resignation 
of Frank E. Mullen, Executive Vice-President, effective July 1, 1940”, 
Mr. Trammell stated. ”Mr. Mullen became associated with NBC at the 
time of its organization in 1926. He joined the Radio Corporation 
in 1934, where he was elected Vice-President in 1939. In 1940, Mr. 
Mullen re-joined the National Broadcasting Co. as Vice-President and 
General Manager and in 1946 was named Executive Vice-President, Mr. 
Mullen has contributed materially to the success of the company dur¬ 
ing his association with NBC and his resignation will be received 
with the feeling of definite loss to his many associates and friends 
within and outside the company.” 

The text of Mr. Mullen’s statement upon his resignation is 
as follows: 

”My decision to leave the National Broadcasting Company to 
which I have devoted almost 22 years of my life, was, of course, a 
difficult one to make. Those years have been fruitful and rewarding 
to me and I take great pride in the National Broadcasting Company’s 
success as the nation’s outstanding medium of service to the public. 

”I have enjoyed particularly my close association with 
General David Sarnoff and Niles Trammell and wish to express my ap¬ 
preciation of their constant cooperation and assistance in making my 
work effective. 

"Since I am continuing in the field of broadcasting I am 
confident that our common aim to be of still greater service to the 
American public will bring us together on many future occasions. I 
am deeply conscious of the constant cooperation and loyalty of all 
my associates and fellow workers in the company and to them I say a 
special word of thanks and appreciation." 



Wayne Coy, Chairman of the Federal Communications Coimis- 
sion, last week issued the following statement in connection with the 
observance of World Trade Week, May 16 to 22: 

V^orld trade, which has always relied heavily on communica¬ 
tions, will shortly feel the welcome stimulus of modernized interna¬ 
tional agreements and procedures in the communications field. 


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Fifteen international radio conferences are being held this 


America is taking a leading part in these conferences to 
obtain international cooperation necessary to achieve a stepped-up 
tempo in our communications systems. 

A brilliant beginning in this modernization program was 
made at Atlantic City during the Summer of 1947 when 1000 delegates 
representing 78 nations successfully concluded the V/orld Telecommun¬ 
ications Conference. The delegates there discarded the previous il¬ 
logical system of allotting freauencies among the various nations and 
fixed upon a plan to perform this vital service by engineering prin¬ 
ciples . 

Other necessary steps to carry forward the work of the 
Atlantic City conference are being taken in other international con¬ 
ferences. In the end, aviation, high frequency broadcasting, ship¬ 
ping, overseas radiotelephone and radiotelegraph will be enabled to 
make maximum use of the powerful tool of communications. Heretofore 
this has been impossible. The need for this type of international 
cooperation has been especially urgent because of the phenomenal war¬ 
time technical developments in the communications field. 

The first of these conferences to carry forward this work 
is now being held in Geneva and probably will last two years. This 
is a meeting of the Provisional Frequency Board whose job will be to 
draw up the first edition of the new International Frequency List for 
shipping, radiotelephone and radiotelegraph. A frequency assignment 
plan for the aeronautical mobile service will be drawn up at another 
conference also scheduled for Geneva, 

A conference on high frequency broadcasting is scheduled for 
Mexico City for October. While some other nations employ those high 
frequencies for domestic broadcasting, the United States employs them 
only for international Broadcasting, 

The World Aeronautical Conference and the High Frequency 
Conference will recommend frequency assignments to the Provisional 
Frequency Board, The Board will transmit these recommendations to¬ 
gether with the plans for the fixed and shipping service recommenda¬ 
tions to a special administrative conference at Geneva, That confer¬ 
ence will pass on the work of the board and decide on the date the 
new International Frequency List is to become effective. An effort 
is being made to put the list into effect by September 1 of 1949, 

The successful conclusion of these various conferences will 
be reflected in heightened efficiency in worldwide communications and 
the resultant impetus to world commerce. 

In addition, these numerous and varied conferences, achiev¬ 
ing this high degree of cooperation, provide a timely reminder of 
what can be accomplished when men of good will gather around the 
table and strive sincerely to settle their common problems in a spir¬ 
it of helpfulness and compromise, 



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WCAU-TV tees off its regular program schedule next Sunday 
(May 23} with eleven hours of continuous television fare as it cele¬ 
brates the event with an "Open House" day. 

Festivities get underway at 11:25 A.M. with a short intro¬ 
ductory program and continue through 10:00 o’clock that night. 
WCAU-TY’s day by day schedule goes into operation the following day, 
Monday, May 24* 

The Columbia Broadcasting System will salute its new Phila¬ 
delphia affiliate with a full hour program from New York, during the 
9:00-10:00 period. And the day comes to a close with a special 
"Good Night" show at 10:00 o’clock, 

WCAU-TV will operate on a 20 hour week minimum initially, 
with the program schedule being constantly expanded. 

An all out promotional and advertising campaign is being 
used throughout the Philadelphia area to help launch the television 
operations of WCAU-TV. 

The Philadelphia Bulletin , parent company of the new sta¬ 
tion, is releasing a special 24 page television supplement in 
Sunday’s issue to commemorate the event. The issue gives a history 
of WCAU-TV, tells about its programs and covers the television field 
in general. No attempt was made to confine the supolement to WCAU-TV 
copy and emphasis has been placed on the over-all television picture, 

WCAU-FM increased to an effective radiated power of 10 kilo¬ 
watts last Saturday (May 15) when it began operating from its new 
tower atop the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building in downtown 

The power increase from 3 plus the new 737’ tower is 
expected to send the WCAU-FM signal over a wide area of the eastern 
seaboard. The FlU antenna is placed on the same tower which is used 
for the station’s new television outlet, WCAU-TV. 



The Board of Governors of the National Press Club has call¬ 
ed a special membership meeting for Friday, May 20, 1940, to consider 
an amendment to the NPC Constitution regarding membership classifica¬ 
tion of radio correspondents. 

The amendment follows the general lines of a proposal ap¬ 
proved by a heavy majority of members voting in previous mail refer- 
endums. The affirmative vote in these instances was, however, less 
than the required 51 per cent of the active membership. 

Since then, in compliance with a resolution adopted at the 
last membership annual meeting, a special committee has made a care- 

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ful study of the proposal and submitted its recommendation. This, 
in turn, has been studied by a special committee of the Board and 
the full Board membership, to perfect and clarify the amendment* 

The Board has unanimously agreed that Section 2 of Article 
III should be amended and makes the following statement of intent: 

1. The amendment covers only those whose principal work in 
radio, television and facsimile is comparable to news reporting, news 
photography, and news editing, including supervisory editing up to the 
level of managing editors and executive editors in the newspaper 

2* The amendment does NOT cover owners or advertising 
employees of radio stations, nor would it include persons who merely 
broadcast news which has been gathered, written, and edited by others, 

3# Reporters and editors employed by news services fur¬ 
nishing news for radio, television, and facsimile transmission are 
included under this amendment* 


The American Broadcasting Company last Friday completed 
arrangements for the location of the television transmitter of WIZ-TV, 
New York key outlet of the network, atop the Hotel Pierre, at Fifth 
Avenue and 61st Street, it was announced by Robert E, Kintner, Execu¬ 
tive Vice President of the network, WJZ-TV will go on the air in 

Construction of an ultra-modern television transmitter and 
antenna has already begun, Mr. Kintner said, and will be completed 
well in time for the opening of WIZ-TV in August, thus enabling ABC 
to transmit its television signal from one of the most strategically 
located points in Manhattan. 

The agreement for use of the new WJZ-TV site was negotiated 
between Frank Marx, ABC’s Vice President in Charge of Engineering, 
and Ira Hirschmann, President of Metropolitan Broadcasting and Tele¬ 
vision, Inc. V/ABF has since 1942 used the Hotel Pierre as its trans¬ 
mitting site and will continue to operate atop the Pierre roof as the 
lessor of part of its space to the American Broadcasting Company for 
their television transmitter operations. 



A mass installation of television received in 30 Episcopal 
churches in Buffalo and surrounding towns enabled thousands of church 
members attending special services to witness the first televised con¬ 
secration of a Bishop on May 13, when Station WBEN-TV televised the 
enthronement of Dr. L, L. Scaife as seventh Bishop of the Episcopal 
Diocese of Western New York, An estimated 30,000 people witnessed the 
consecration by television* The two hour ceremony was televised from 
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, and carried throughout WBEN-TV’s ser¬ 
vice area, it was announced by Bickford Brothers Company, RCA Victor 
television receiver distributors in the V/estern New York area. 

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Give Away Curse 

(by Jack Gould, ’’New York Times") 

Radioes determination to give things away reached a new 
high in absurdity last Sunday on the "Stop the Music" program. A 
grandmother in Providence, R.I., received $18,500 in prizes for 
repeating the title of a "mystery" song which previously had been 
identified in newspapers from coast to coast. It was the lushest 
bank night on the air in a couple of weeks and the saddest comment¬ 
ary yet on the latest development in "programming". 

In its frenzy over contests and giveaways, radio is taking 
the easy if precarious way out of its dilemma. Desperately in need 
of new excitement in programming, it has adopted the press agent*s 
oldest stratagem of strewing coins on the street to attract a crowd. 
If you cannot win a Hooper rating with a performance, you 
can always go out and buy it with a bushel basket of greenbacks. 

That radio is now doing with blithe disregard for where it is going. 

Only a few years ago the ?64 Question was considered some¬ 
thing special in radio contests. Now that is barely an ante to get 
into the game; yesterday's jackpot for a winner is today’s consola¬ 
tion prize for a loser, * * * 

In allowing its kilocycles to be used for the distribution 
of free pottage, radio clearly is being played for the chump. It 
has opened a cut-rate counter in its own basement and surrendered 
the appeal of the playhouse for the come-on of the general store. 

By giving a free sample of his product to the network give¬ 
away show, the manufacturer has struck a gold mine. For the mere 
pittance thus represented he gets repeated mentions of his wares on 
a coast-to-coast basis, a small fortune, as it were, in national 
advertising. For no effort whatsoever he enjoys a ready-made aud¬ 
ience and, should he be of such a mind, hardly needs to buy time of 
his own on the air. How far this can go already is plain; the next 
Ralph Edwards contest, according to an announcement received last 
week, will be tied in with the promotional ballyhoo for a new film. 

But the more disturbing implication in the giveaway is the 
hob that it already has raised with radio programming as such. On 
that score "Stop the Music" is an enlightening example. ^ ^ 

"Stop the Music" is presented from 8 to 9 o'clock on Sunday 
nights over the ABC Network. Traditionally, that hour-long period 
has been a virtual deadspot on the air because of the presence of 
Edgar Bergen and Fred Allen on NBC. To compete with the two comed¬ 
ians has been all but a hopeless task; at least few sponsors have 
been willing to undertake it. 

Rather than trying to beat Mr, Allen at his own game - good 
entertainment - "Stop the Music" decided to press cash into the hands 
of the audience. In the short span of a few weeks it has garnered a 
substantial following and four sponsors. If a Mr, Allen or a Charlie 
McCarthy can ride out the storm, many a lesser artist already has 
learned the futility of trying to compete with Santa Claus, 

Yet the experienced trouper, if not radio, knows that the 
fancy baubles on such a Christmas tree have only a temporary glitter. 

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The motion picture theatre exhibitors, it will be recalled, 
tried bank night with ultimately disastrous results. Once they 
started it, the exhibitors found that each week they had to give 
away more and more chinaware. What kind of picture went with the bank 
night soon became of minor moment. It was the cup and saucer that 
counted and not Hollywood. For its own survival, Hollywood finally 
had to put a stop to the practice. 

Radio soon will have to do likev/ise. The opportunists in 
the trade v/ho are capitalizing on the give-away craze and the aud¬ 
ience which enjoys the vicarious thrill of reaching for the rainbow 
will be the first to abandon broadcasting’s house once the fad has 
died down. Left behind will be only the wreckage of many talented 
people and meritorious programs which could not compete with the 
something that was offered for nothing. For to continue the give¬ 
away, as Hollywood realized in time, can have only one end result: 
giving away radio. 

Supreme Court Ruling Puts Movies, Radio VJith Press 

(^'Editor & Publisher") 

The Supreme Court decision abolishing movie monopolies has 
reopened the whole question of censorship of movies and the right of 
radio stations to air their own editorial opinion. 

Deep in the text of its decision, the high court declared: 
”We have no doubt that moving pictures, like newspapers and radio, 
are included in the press whose freedom is guaranteed by the First 

According to movie officials, it was the first time a 
Supreme Court had ever declared that motion pictures came under the 
cloak of the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom^of speech, press, 
religion and right of assembly. It was also the first time, radio 
experts say, that the high court has made a clear statement on the 
editorial rights of radio stations. 

Radio broadcasters have just concluded hearings before the 
Federal Communications Commission during which they attacked the 
FCC’s seven-year-old "Mayfloiver Decision”. This decision stipulates 
that a radio station owner has no right to editorialize his opinions 
on the air. The broadcasters believe the Supreme Court decision 
may have reversed the FCC ’’Ivlayflower” ruling. 

No Improvement 
( ”V/ashington Times Herald” ) 

I have just had a thought. Here it is. The National 
Broadcasting system gave Henry Wallace Red Skelton’s broadcast time 
on Tuesday night. May 11, 1948. 

I would like to say to NBC that they just wasted their time 
with such a move, because they merely took off one Red to put on 

Need more be said? 

- Bob Ritchie 


Heini Radio News Service 



The Federal Communications Commission on Monday (May 17) 
announced that Joseph M, Kittner, Chief of the Litigation Section of 
the Law Department, has been promoted to Assistant to the General 
Counsel, Mr, Kittner has been a member of the Commission’s legal 
staff since December 1941. 

Eugene S, Thomas, Sales Manager of the Bamberger Broadcast¬ 
ing Service, Inc., was elected President of the Sales Executive Club 
of New York yesterday. 

Price reductions ranging from to $125 on one table 
model and four console radios were announced last week. The price 
cuts, ranging from 13 to 20 per cent, were made on one model in each 
of the division’s major price brackets, Reducations were made pos¬ 
sible by improved manufacturing methods, greater volume of production 
and the prospect of lower costs for basic radio materials. 

Olympic Radio & Television, Inc. - For 1947; Net loss, 
$137,499, compared with 1946 net loss of ***^35,776, after including 
$415,000 and $217,000 Federal tax refunds for the respective years; 
net sales $4,439,380 against $5,523,803. 

WTVO, The Fort Industry Co., Detroit, Mich., has been grant- 
a six months’ extent ions of time in which to complete construction of 
their station by the Federal Communications Commission, 

Radio and television discussions are scheduled to take up 
an entire afternoon of the two-day NRDGA mid-year Sales Promotion 
Division Convention, June 22 and 23 in New York City. 

Case histories of what retailers are doing now in radio 
and TV and prospects for the future are on the agenda for the radio 
and television session. Complete program will be announced shortly. 

Four Cincinnati hospitals have joined in a new television 
venture started a few weeks ago by Al Green, a local sales executive, 
Mr, Green’s enterprise, the rental of television sets to hospital 
patients, was disclosed at a meeting with officials of television 
station WLV/T this week. 

Sale of the V/right AeronauticalCorporat ion plant at East 
Paterson, N. J. to the Allen Dumont Laboratories, Inc, for $1,700,000 
was announced last week by the V/ar Assets Administration. WAA said 
fair value of the plant was estimated at $1,890,000 at the time of 

The agency said Dumont, a manufacturer of television equip¬ 
ment plans to employ about 1,000 persons at the plant. 

The Federal Communications Commission adopted a notice of 
proposed rule making covering contemplated changes in broad applica¬ 
tion forms and record keeping and related sections of its rules. 

The changes involve Forms 301, 302, 303, 313, 314, 315 321 and 701, 
and are based upon suggestions by the staff, industry and others con¬ 


■/'‘i. r, : OXiK-'. 

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The most comprehensive display of H'f, Ml and television 
broadcasting equipment ever seen on the V/est Coast, including a 
medium-size television station complete with studio, studio control 
room, a new 500-watt television transmitter, and transmitter control 
units, is being exhibited by the RCA Engineering Products Department 
at the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters 
which opened Monday in Los Angeles» The television station is set 
up in the hotel foyer to simulate typical station operation and is 
equipped to handle television programs from three separate sources - 
studio, film and "off-the-air"• 

The Federal Communications Commission adopted Memorandum 
opinion and order in the case of Don Lee Broadcasting System, San 
Francisco, Cal., (1) setting aside the Commission’s Memo. Opinion and 
Order of March 31, 1948; (2) severed from the consolidated proceeding 
on application for TV station in San Francisco, presently scheduled 
for May 24, and (3) ordered that application for TV station, be form¬ 
ally consolidated with the record and proceedings in the application 
of Don Lee Broadcasting System for renewal of Ml and FM station lic¬ 

Samuel Hamilton Kaufman, who formerly was a special counsel 
for the Federal Communications Commission in 1937, was nominated on 
Monday, May 17, to be a District Judge for the Southern District of 
New York, His name was sent to the Senate by President Truman to 
fill the vacancy left by the death of Judge John Bright, 

It is understood that Stanley Hubbard President and Gener¬ 
al Manager of K3TP, St, Paul, who originally ovmed 25^ of the stock 
in the station, is now the sole owner. 

Edward Lamb, station owner whose granted by the Federal 
Communidations Commission have been the subject of a Congressional 
investigation, has filed a *500,000 libel suit against the Erie (Pa.) 
Times on grounds that the paper called him a Communist in its stories 
and headlines. 

The Federal Communications Commission has granted a modifi¬ 
cation of Mackay Radio and Telegraph Co.'s license to communicate 
directly and via Tangier, with the Jewish Agency For Palestine at 
Tel Aviv, Palestine, 

RCA Communications, Inc,, was granted STA for a period of 
90 days for emergency communication with Tel Aviv, and designated 
applications for modification of license looking to such regular ser¬ 
vice for hearing at a date to be designated. 

Public participation in ownership of the American Broadcast¬ 
ing Co. was opened up this week for the first time with the offering 
of 500,000 shares of comraon stock at ^9,00 a share. 

Money from sale of the stock and five million dollars in 
4 per cent promissory notes maturing in 1960 will be used to refin¬ 
ance the radio netivork and to help pay for its television construction 

Part of the funds raised by the sale of stock and notes 
will be used to pay off a four-million-dollar loan used in buying the 
network from the Radio Corporation of America, 

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MAY 27 1948 

INDEX TO ISSUE OF mY 26, 1948 

FCC Surprise Lady Commish Seen As Truman Play For N.Y* Vote.......I 

To Revise NBC Code To Integrate New NAB Standards, Trammell Says.,2 
Hearing Today On Regulations For Radio Towers.... ...2 

Lewis Allen Weiss, Of Don Lee, Re-Elected Chairman Of Mutual..-.S 

April Sees Further Rise In TV Set Production.....3 

House To Start Probe Of "Voice Of America"3 

Truman Hears Petrillo Turn Concert Into Taft-Hartley Bo®. -....A 

G.E, Starts Shipping Its Lov/er Priced TV Model....,.5 

Royal Television And Radio Corporation Formed,.,...5 

Telephone Recorder Order Modified; Tariffs Effective Aug 2..6 

NBC Television Opens New WBYZ-TV Washington Studio.,,.,.,..., .7 

Congress; Overseas V/riters Speed CBS Corres’t Murder Inquiry.8 

. RCA Introduces New Smallest And Lightest Field Intensity Meter,,..9 

Microwaves To Link I. T, & T.’s Telecommunication Netv;ork.10 

NBC’s East-V/est Coast TV To Be Linked By New Kinescope Recorder.. 11 

Television A Challenge To Movies...12 

Liquor Ads Bill Tabled By Committee... ........12 

Scissors And Paste,.,.,,,.,,.,,,,..,.,,... .13 

Trade Notes ........15 

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May 36, 1948 


President Truman’s surprise nomination of Miss Frieda B. 
Hennock, New York City attorney, with no radio or communication ex¬ 
perience, to be the first woman member of the Federal Communications 
Commission with the blessing of Boss Flynn of the Bronx and Mayor 
O’Dwyer of New York City, is seen in the Capital as a bold political 
move to build up the President’s New York fences in the forthcoming 
campaign. Furthermore, there are those who maintain that because of 
Miss Hennock’s having been born in Poland, reportedly of Jewish 
descent, that the appointment was also a further play on the part of 
Mr. Truman for the New York Jewish vote. 

Although the appointment itself came out of a clear sky, 
there was no particular surprise that another politico had been ap¬ 
pointed to the FCC who had had no experience in either radio or com¬ 
munication. With the _ except ion of having been identified with court 
actions in the radio field in New York, Miss Hennock has never tried 
a case before the Communications Commission. From the start, the FCC 
admittedly has been an Administration political Christmas tree. The 
broadcasting industry has, as a rule, been ignored. In labor matters, 
for instance, John L. Lewis, William Green, Phillip Murray or others 
are always consulted or sounded out, but the broadcasting or commun¬ 
ications industry seldom is. 

If the Senate confirms the nomination. Miss Hennock will 
serve a term of seven years, beginning July 1st, succeeding Commis¬ 
sioner Clifford J. Durr, whose term expires June 30. 

Miss Hennock graduated from the Brooklyn Law School and 
has been a lawyer in New York for more than 20 years, specializing 
in corporation practice. Since 1941 she has been a member of the 
firm of Choate, I^itchell and Ely, a long-established firm of New York 
corporation lav/yers. Previously she had practiced independently in 
both criminal and civil law. She became the youngest woman lawyer in 
New York at the time of her admission to the bar in 1926. From 1935 
to 1938 she was Assistant Counsel to the New York State Mortgage Com¬ 

She is regarded in New York City as a leader in the liberal 
wing of the Democratic party. She has been active in both the New 
York State and national campaigns but is not affiliated with Tammany 
or any other local New York organization. 

It is Miss Hennock’s intention to resign from the firm with 
which she is now associated in order to join the FCC, if appointed, 
for she has said that she is keenly interested in assuming the 
Federal post which carries a salary of ftl0,000 annually. It was 
indicated that her present income is substantially greater than that 



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The National Broadcasting Company code of practices will 
be revised to integrate the new standards adopted at the National 
Association of Broadcasters' convention in Hollywood last week, with 
the even higher standards which have governed NBC broadcasting since 
3934, it was announced by Niles Trammell, President of NBC. Mr. 
Trammell expressed gratification with the new NAB code and predicted 
that the standards of practices for the industry "will continue to 
be improved," 

Mr, Trammell's statement follows; 

"I am extremely pleased that the Board of Directors of the 
National Association of Broadcasters has adopted a new and improved 
code of standards for the broadcasting industry. The National 
Broadcasting Company has long wanted such a new document. At their 
first^annual convention in Atlantic City last September, NBC and its 
affiliated stations took the leadership in urging the adoption of 
even more stringent voluntary regulations than those approved by the 
NAB Board here (Hollywood), 

"However, the action of the NAB is surely a step in the 
right direction and I am confident that now the industry has a pract¬ 
ical and living document t> guide it, the standards of practice will 
continue to be improved, 

"The National Broadcasting Company is now operating under 
its own code of practices, which was first adopted in 1934, This 
NBC code will nov/ be revised so that it will contain both the new 
standards which have been adopted on an industry-wide basis and the 
even higher standards which NBC has voluntarily dopted to govern its 
own operations. In this latter category is the NBC policy against 
broadcasting crime and mystery shows prior to 9:30 P.M,, EST," 



A Senate District Subcommittee, headed by Senator lames P. 
Kern (R), of Missouri, will hold hearings at 10 A.M, today (Wednesday) 
in the District hearing room of the Capitol on a bill to regulate 
the installation of radio and television towers in Washington. 

The bill, passed by the House last year, is intended to 
protect residential areas, playgrounds, recreational facilities and 

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Television magazine says 301 advertisers bought sponsored 
programs on spot announcements on television in April, This repre¬ 
sents an increase of 34 over March, adds the trade publication, and 
compares with only 36 advertisers one year ago. 



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Officers and directors of the Mutual Broadcasting System 
were re-elected at a Board of Directors meeting held at the new 
Mutual-Don Lee studios at 1313 North Vine Street in Hollywood, with 
Lewis Allen V7eiss, Vice-President and General Manager of the Don Lee 
Broadcasting System retained as Chairman of the Board and Edgar 
Kobak as President of the Mutual network. 

Other officers include Theodore C. Streibert, T^’resident of 
V/OR, as Vice-Chairman of the Board; and the following re-elected as 
members of the Board of Directors: 

V/illet H. Brown, Vice-President and Assistant General Man¬ 
ager of the Don Lee Broadcasting System; E. M. Antrim, Secretary- 
Treasurer of V/GN and of the Chicago Tribune ; H. K. Carpenter, 

Executive Vice-President of the United Broadcasting Co., i/VHK, Cleve¬ 
land, Ohio; Chesser Campbell, WGN, General Manager, Chicago Tribune; 

I. R. Poppele, Chief Engineer and Vice-President of WOR; Thomas F. 
O^Neil, Vice-President of the Yankee Network, Boston; Benedict Gimbel, 
Ir., President of WIP, Philadelphia; J. E. Campeau, President of 
Essex Broadcasters, Inc., CKLW, Detroit; Linus Travers, Vice-Presi¬ 
dent and General Manager of the Yankee network, 



Television receiver production continued to climb during 
April and reached a new weekly average of more than 11,500 although 
the month’s output fell below March because the latter covered five 
work weeks as against four in April, the Radio Manufacturers’ Assoc¬ 
iation reported on Monday (May 24). 

April’s production of 46,339 Tpr sets by RMA member-compan¬ 
ies brought the total postwar output to 350,000 as of April 30. 

April’s weekly TV set manufacturing rate was 28 percent higher than 
the weekly average for the first quarter of 1948. 

Radio set production, including FLf-AIi receivers, indicated 
a seasonal decline during April totalling 1,182,473. FI'.C-AI.'I sets re¬ 
ported for the month numbered 90,635 to bring the postwar total to 
nearly 2,000,000. 

Portables and auto sets continued to be turned out at a 
high level, but table models showed the sharpest seasonal drop. 



Chairman J. Edgar Chenoweth (R), of Colorado, said Monday, 
(May 24) his House expenditures subcommittee will ask the State De¬ 
partment soon to explain its ’’almost idiotic” Voice of America broad¬ 
casts. He said hearings may start late this week, 


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Holding a trump card in the presence of "^resident Truman 
at the free concert given in V/ashington last night (May E5) by the 
American Federation of Musicians out of the recording and transcrip¬ 
tion royalty fund of the Federation, James C. Petrillo took the 
occasion to pay his respects to the Taft-Hartley Act. Present were 
not only the President, but many members of his Cabinet, and prob¬ 
ably ^the largest number of Senators and Representatives of both 
parties ever to attend a classical orchestral concert in the history 
of Constitution Hall, Usually their presence on such occasions is 
nil. The hall was packed and thousands of would-be attenders were 
turned away. 

Mr. Petrillo said by v/ay of encouraging the use of live 
music, helping unemployed musicians, furnishing music to veterans 
and other hospitals'over $1,736,000 will be spent from the royalty 
fund. He didn’t say how this fund was raised. 

Petrillo emphasized that under the Taft-Hartley Act, the 
royalty fund cannot be collected this year. Thus, what he called 
the Union's praiseworthy music appreciation program for 1948 can 
hardly be anticipated for 1949. 

Then Mr. Petrillo, one of the few men who ever defied 
President Roosevelt and got away with it, turned towards President 
Truman’s box and declared: "Despite the Taft-Hartley Act we will 
carry on to the end of the road wherever that may be," 

As far as could be learned, V/OL of the Mutual network was 
the only Washington station carrying the program. MBS recently 
announced it would carry the controversial Michigan Music Camps pro¬ 
gram despite the Petrillo ban. 

Some talk was occasioned by President Truman’s attending 
the concert as having a political angle - a play to the A. F. of M, 
affiliated with the A. F. of L, and to Petrillo who, along with John 
L. Lewis, is now recognized as one of the most powerful labor leaders 
of the country. A New York negro association had wanred President 
Truman against attending the concert because of the restriction by 
the D.A.R. of the use of Constitution Hall by negro performers. 

The concert was furnished by the National Symphony Orchestra 
augmented to 110 pieces and led by Hans Kindler. The players’ regu¬ 
lar fee came from the AFM royalty fund. 

Petrillo had a big publicity break in a 4-column picture 
of himself with the President on the front page of the Washington 
Post prior to the concert. 


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The General Electric ComDany announced last week that it 
has begun shipping the lowest-prices television receiver yet made 
by the company and the first to be made at the company’s new Elect¬ 
ronics Park plant in Syracuse. 

The first shipment of the new set, a table model with a 
list price of ^299.50 in the East, went to the company’s Buffalo, 
NoY, distributor. Other shipments are scheduled soon to other tele¬ 
vision areas as the new receivers come off a production line estab¬ 
lished in Syracuse a few weeks ago. 

Known as Model 810, the new receiver will use a recently 
announced lO-inch direct-view picture tube v/ith an aluminum-backed 
fluorescent screen. This backing acts as a mirror which prevents 
loss of light and stray reflections inside the tube and thus greatly 
improves billiance and contrast of the pictures appearing on the 
tube’s fluorescent screen. 

G.E. intends to concentrate its receiver division produc¬ 
tion efforts here to meet the rapidly expanding market for televi¬ 
sion sets, it was said. Manufacturing facilities of the company’s 
huge receiver building in Syracuse (one of nine buildings at Electr¬ 
onics Park and capable in itself of housing three football fields) 
will be devoted entirely to television set production by the end of 
the year. 

The company expects television within the next five years 
to develop into a $600,000,000 receiver sales business at retail 
value and to serve more than 40,000,000 people in the 140 principal 
U.S. markets. 

Television broadcast ecuipment also is being made at 
Electronics Park for many new stations expected to be on the air 
this year. 



The formation of the Royal Television and Radio Corpora¬ 
tion to produce both direce-view and projection television receivers 
has been announced by Irving Kane, television pioneer and President 
of Royal. Offices and croduction plant are located at 81 Willoughby 
Street, Brooklyn, New York, 

Known throughout the television world as the producer of 
the first few thousand television sets in the post-war period, 
according to an announcement just received, Mr. Kane has as associ¬ 
ates two television engineers, Jerome Bresson, who was senior engi¬ 
neer with United States Television and an electronic engineer with 
Naval Research Laboratories, is Vice-President, Edmond Sherman, 
Treasurer, has been a senior engineer with such leading firms as 
General Electric, Farnsworth, Hazeltine and United States Television, 



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The Royal plart has a capacity of 350 television sets a 
week. The Corporation occupies about 16,000 square feet and has a 
fully equipped production line with testing apparatus. The firm 
has its own wood-working plant. 

Royal Television is set up to produce table models, con- 
solettes and consoles. Direct-view sets with cathode ray tubes as 
large as fifteen inches are schedule as are projection television 
sets with screens ideal for home viev;ing. Cabinets have been design¬ 
ed to meet the requirements of the most discriminating for the fin¬ 
est in furniture. 

Distribution of Royal Television sets will be made on a 
national basis, A coast-to-coast sales distribution system is being 
set up. Sample sets have aroused a wide buying interest among 
dealers and distributors, 



The Federal Communications Commission, on May 20, 1948, 
modified its order of November 26, 1947, concerning the use of record¬ 
ing devices in connection with telephone service, and further order¬ 
ed telephone companies subject to the Communications Act to file 
tariff regulations governing the use of such recorders, to become 
effective not later than August 2, 1948, 

The original order as modified, to be effective June 30, 
1948, requires that the related automatic tone-warning device be 
furnished, installed and maintained by the company or other organiza¬ 
tions responsible for furnishing the telephone service, and permits 
a greater variance in the frequency of recurrence of each signal 
produced by the warning device (once during every 12 to 18 seconds 
instead of once during every 12 to 15 seconds as had been proposed). 

The November 26th order was to have become effective Jan¬ 
uary 15, 1948, but this effective date was subsequently postponed to 
March 1, then April 1, then without date, to consider various peti¬ 
tions filed in the case, and to permit the holding of a public con¬ 
ference in April which considered certain Questions presented by the 
pet itioners. 


Management of the Philadelphia Inquirer ^s station WIL have 
offered a $2,500 reward for information lead'ing to the arrest and 
conviction of saboteurs who on the night of May 16 cut telephone 
cables used to carry programs to the transmitter. The breakdown in 
service began with Walter Winchell’s broadcast and continued for 
11 minutes. 



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Television program service from the largest and most modern 
television studio in Washington will start this week on Station V^BW. 
The National Broadcasting Company’s Washington Director of Programs, 
George Y« Wheeler, announces that construction work is nearly com¬ 
plete at the new Wardman Park Hotel studio in the rebuilt hotel 
theatre. The theatre floor has been leveled, walls sound-proofed and 
air conditioning installed. Size of the studio will permit simultan¬ 
eous rehearsal and televising of several video programs, giving the 
V/NBW production staff the facilities needed for preparing a heavy 
schedule of programs to be aired on V/NBW and transmitted by coaxial 
cable to the NBC television network stations in Baltimore, Philadel¬ 
phia, New York and Schenectady. 

The new studio has a 22-foot effective ceiling permitting 
a wide variety of lighting arrangements. Floor dimensions are approx¬ 
imately 85’ X 50’. The soundproof fire curtain formerly used on the 
theatre stage may be lowered to provide a smaller studio separate 
from the main studio. 

Included in the new facilities are offices for the WNBW 
business, technical, and production staff as well as dressing rooms 
for television performers. A studio control room and the WNBW master 
control room overlooking the studio ^vith v/ide vision windows provide 
a variety of arrangements for coordination and direction of programs 
originating in the studio or being fed through the studio from field 
pickup points. V/NBV7 has also put into use the first of two specially 
designed mobile units. This mobile unit, with permanent control units 
installed, may be effectively ’’plugged in” to the new V/NBW studio to 
serve as an auxiliary video control room, 

WTIBW’s , facilit ies , now entirely contained within the ViJard- 
man Park Hotel include live studio facilities, film studio with both 
16 and 35 mm. cameras, transmitter, field shop, staff offices and 
mobile equipment storage. The transmitter tower is also located on 
the Hotel grounds. 

The new studio and new stage scenery already delivered or 
on order,gives WNBV/ the largest and most flexible television plant 
in the Nation’s Capital, where three television stations are now oper¬ 

Opening of program service from the Wardman Park studio 
gives the NBC television network the most modern studio plants at 
both ends of the New York-Washington coaxial cable network. NBC in 
New York recently began operations from Studio 8-G in the RCA Build¬ 
ing, said to be the world’s most modern and best-equipped video 
studio. Production floor space in 8-G in New York and the new WNBV/ 
plant is approximately the same. 



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Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, -Tr, (R), of Massachusetts, asked 
the State Department Sunday (May 23) for full information on the 
death of George W. Polk, American radio correspondent of the Columbia 
Broadcasting System, murdered in Greece. 

In a letter to Secretary of State George C. Marshall, he 
said, ”it is of the utmost importance that the American people be 
acquainted with all of the facts in this tragic case. 

Last week a comiaittee of newspaper and radio representa¬ 
tives was appointed from Overseas V/riters in Washington, an organiza¬ 
tion of correspondents with foreign experience, to seek to "uncover 
the whole truth" concerning the death of Mr, Polk, whose body, truss- 
ed-up and with a bullet wound in the back of the head was found in 
the harbor of Salonika Sunday, May 16. 

This week. Representative George G, Sadowski (D), of 
Michigan, demanded a Congressional investigation of the murder of Mr. 

Saying he understood Mr. Polk had been at odds with the 
Greek Government and had been looking into its use of U. S. recon¬ 
struction funds, Mr. Sadowski added: "If. as reported, Polk had 
uncovered information that the Greek Government did not want to get 
out, then Congress, which voted for all this money, has a right to 
know what is going on," 

In a resolution the Executive Committee of Overseas V/riters 
said, "the murder of Polk while carrying out his duties as an Ameri¬ 
can reporter in a foreign country is of grave concern to American 

Ernest K. Lindley of Newsweek magazine, President of the 
organization, announced the members of the Committee of Inauiry. It 
is headed by Walter Lippmann, columnist for the New York Herald 
Tribune Syndicate. 

The Committee will call on Secretary of State Marshall, 
Dwight P, Griswold, Chief of the American Mission for Aid to Greece, 
who is now in Washington, and the Greek Ambassador in Washington. 

It will also receive evidencd "submitted from any other sources". 

Members of the Overseas V/riters Committee of Inquiry, in 
addition to Mr. Lippmann are: Phelps Adams, Chief, V/ashington Bureau, 
New York Sun; Morgan Beatty, commentator. National Broadcasting 
Company; Marquis Childs, columnist. United Features Syndicate; Elmer 
Davis, commentator, American Broadcasting Company; Peter Edson, col¬ 
umnist, Newspaper Enterprise Association; Robert Elson, chief, V/ash¬ 
ington Bureau, Time and Life; Benjamin M, McKelway, editor, Washing¬ 
ton Evening Star; Eugene Meyer, Chairman of the Board, Washington 
Post; Reiman Morin, chief, V/ashington Bureau, Associated Press; 

James Reston, New York Times; Albert L. V/arner, Chief, V/ashington 



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News Bureau, Mutual Broadcasting System; Lyle C. V/ilson, Chief, 
Washington Bureau, United Press, 

Ex officio members are Mr, Bindley, Joseph C. Harsch, news 
analyst, Columbia Broadcasting System, Secretary of Overseas Writers; 
Paul V/ooton, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Treasurer of Overseas Writers. 

A eulogy of Gaorge Polk has been placed in the Congression¬ 
al Record by Representative T/Valter B. Huber of Ohio, 

”Mr. Speaker, I have learned with great sorrow of the death 
of George Polk,” said Representative Huber of the veteran correspond¬ 
ent and former Naval aviator, '*He was a first rank reporter in the 
best tradition of the American newsgathering profession - fearless, 
fair, honest and untiring. At the age of 34, Mr. Polk already had 
lived much and had won for himself a distinguished reputation, 

”One more name has been added to the casualty list of those 
who bring us the news from remote sections of the world. Although 
his voice will not be heard in the future, his deeds v/ill be remember¬ 
ed. He continued to serve his country, even though he no longer 
wore the uniform of the armed service.” 



A nev; portable field intensity meter, the smallest and 
lightest unit of this type yet developed, was introduced week 
by the RCA Engineering Products Department at the annual convention 
of the National Association of Broadcasters at Los Angeles. 

The meter (RCA Type 1/VX-2A) weighs approximately 12-1/2 
pounds (with batteries) and is 12 x 8g- x 5|-'' in size. It provides 
direct readings, making it unnecessary to use correction factors or 
charts, or make computations of any kind. 

The new instrument contains a built-in calibrating oscil¬ 
lator which operates from separate batteries contained within the 
unit. Especially adapted for field use by broadcast engineers and 
consultants, the meter makes it possible to obtain measurements over 
a wide range, from 10 microvolts per meter to 10 volts per meter in 
the standard broadcast band (540 to 1600 kc.) 

Because of its extreme portability, the device is particu¬ 
larly useful in making measurements in rough terrain where a field 
truck cannot be driven. It can also be used by stations for period¬ 
ically checking the nulls of their directional transmitting pattern, 

A highly efficient,, unbalanced loop antenna is an integral 
part of the cover of the meter. The unit employs ordinary flashlight 
cells to supply filament voltages, and a &7k volt battery of the size 
in common use in midget portable radios. It has facilities for check¬ 
ing its own battery voltages, 



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A telecommanication network encircling the globe and bring¬ 
ing nearer to reality the concept of ’’one world”, was envisioned 
last week by E. M. Deloraine, Technical Director of International 
Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. Mr. Deloraine*s forecast was 
made at a press demonstration of I. T. & T.’s newest contribution to 
the advancement of communications - a 309-foot, aluminum-sheathed 
tower built to enable electronic engineers to probe deeper into the 
mysterious realm of microwaves. The tower was opened for inspection 
by Federal Telecommunication Laboratories, research Unit of I. T. & T. 
at Nutley, New Jersey. 

’’Through the use of microwave links which will make it pos¬ 
sible to transmit television programs over great distances with fid¬ 
elity, events in distant parts of the world can be brought within 
range of the American living room”, Mr. Deloraine said. "Telephone 
and telegraph circuits also can be increased to meet the expanding 
requirements of the future." 

Mr. Deloraine stated that it would be possible eventually 
to establish main arteries of communication which, when inter-con¬ 
nected, would serve as the basis for a combined world television, 
telephone and telegraph network. These microwave links, he explained, 
may be found by experience to be adapted, more than coaxial cables, 
to the difficult task of spanning great distances in comparatively 
undeveloped regions. They require partly attended repeater stations 
only every 30 miles or so, instead of a continuous right-of-way for 
a cable, with repeaters every seven or eight miles. 

The microwave tov/er, last word in research laboratories, 
was visited by more than 50 newsmen. In compact laboratory rooms 30 
stories above the surrounding suburban landscape, visitors witnessed 
a variety of high-frequency radio developments, including the first 
public showing of two-color radar - an electronic advance intended to 
simplify the reading of radar indicators used in commercial airport 
traffic control as well as in military detection systems. 

An integral part of the ultra-modern laboratory building, 
the tower was designed to provide the highly exacting conditions re¬ 
quired for research in the higher frequencies of radio waves. Although 
the tower was completed only a week ago, research has already been 
undertaken on improved television, multi-channel communication links 
(a system of transmission in which a number of telephone conversa¬ 
tions are beamed simultaneously), M mobile communications systems and 
radar aids to aerial navigation* 

Inspection of the tower was preceded by a visit to the mume.rm. 
museum atop the I. T. & T. building at 67 Broad Street, where newsmen 
were shown the original apparatus used by I. T. & T. scientists in 
sending the first successful microwave telephone transmission across 
the English Channel in 1930. Another group, composed of aviation 
writers, was taken to I. T. & T, ’s experimental hangar at Westchest¬ 
er County Airport in Rye Lake, N.Y., where they were given a flight- 
demonstration of recent developments in the field of radio aids to 


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aerial navigation aboard the company’s ’’flying laboratory”, a con¬ 
verted DC-3. Then, navigating by radar on the Nutley tower and in 
constant radio communication with laboratory engineers, they were 
flown to the Teterboro Airport for transportation by automobile to 

Another of I. T, & T.’s wartime developments was the SCS-51, 
or instrument landing system, adopted by the Army and now being manu¬ 
factured in Quantity for airports throughout the world by the Federal 
Telephone and Radio Corporation, an I. T. & T. associate. 

Today, new and improved landing systems are undergoing in¬ 
tensive development to meet the demands of both military and civilian 
agencies. At the V/estchester Airport laboratories, a number of ingen¬ 
ious aids to aerial navigation are being perfected at the request of 
the Army Air Forces and other military establishments. In these, as 
in subsequent experiments in the microwave region, the facilities 
offered by the new microwave tov;er in Nutley, it was indicated, should 
prove a decided asset. 

Colonel Sosthenes Behn, President of I. T. & T., welcomed 
the visitors at luncheon, and H. H, Buttner, President of Federal 
Telecammunication Laboratories, traced the history of towers down the 
ages, stressing their role in the advancement of communications. 



East and West Coast television of the National Broadcasting 
Company will be linked by the recently-developed kinescope recording 
system, which for the first time makes delayed telecasts practical. 

This announcement was made last Friday from Hollywood by 
Niles Trammell, President of NBC, after a two-v/eek visit to the West 

Kinescope recordings on film, made directly from the tube 
of a television receiver, can be flown to stations not interconnected 
by coaxial cable or microwave relay. This system will be premiered 
next month when Life Magazine presents highlights of the national 
political conventions on the NBC Television network, 

”Coast-to-coast television becomes a reality with kinescope 
recordings, despite the fact that actual network facilities will not 
be available for some time”, Mr. Trammell pointed out, "National 
advertisers can be assured of coverage in every city where NBC now 
has its own affiliated stations.” 

KNBH, NBC’s television station in Hollywood, will be in 
operation by Oct, 1 if construction can be completed by that date. 

The transmitter now is being built on Mt, \7ilson, and Studio F in 
the Hollywood Radio City is being converted into a television studio. 
In addition to live programs, KNBH will be equipped to telecast 35 mm 
or 16 mm. film and slides, which can be integrated with live studio 
programs or remote pickups, 

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The prospective development of television within the next 
five years may call for Hollywood to triple or quadruple its output 
of motion pictures. 

This prediction was made last week by W, Watts, Vice- 
President of the Radio Corporation of America, and Director of its 
engineer products division, at the National Convention of the Society 
of Motion Picture Engineers, according to the New York Times . 

Addressing 700 delegates, Mr. Watts appraised as "highly 
problematical" the possible lines of television development as far as 
public exhibition was concerned. 

"Will theatre interests outbid broadcasters for certain 
outstanding events? Will the public want separate television theat¬ 
res? He asked. 

"These are a few of the programming questions that exper¬ 
ience alone, will answer. Such questions and a host of others must 
indeed make these soul-searching days in the motion-picture industry. 
These Questions must be faced - now", Mr. Watts warned. 

Sketching the potential growth of television, he projected 
a parallel with sound broadcasting. Today, he added, there are about 
2500 AI'^ and EM stations on the air, of which 1,200 are affiliated with 
the four major networks. 

While there are now only tv/enty-six television stations 
operating, with construction permits granted for sixty-eight more and 
219 others vying for the reniaining 135 possible channels, he continu¬ 
ed, projected channel revision by the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion would make possible 953 stations in 456 cities, with an audience 
that could grow to eaual the estimated 66,000,000 radio sets now in 
37,000,000 homes 



The Senate Interstate Commerce Committee voted 6 to 5 last 
week to table rending legislation which would regulate the advertis¬ 
ing of alcoholic beverages over the air and in the press. 

The setback is tantamount to killing a bill since it will 
die with this Congress. If reconsideration is sought at this session, 
it would take a two-thirds vote of the committee for further action. 

The Committee originally held hearings last May on S-265 by 
Senator Arthur Capper (R), of Kansas, v/hich would completely outlaw 
all liquor and beer advertising. When this was found by the Committee 
to be "impracticable", Senators Clyde A. Reed (R), of Kansas and Edwin 
C. Johnson (D), of Colorado, set out to draft more moderate substitute 


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The Dewey-Stassen Politioal Debate 

(Jack Gould, "New York Times’*) 

The radio program of the past week clearly was the debate 
between Gov. Thomas E. Dewey and Harold E. Stassen on the subject of 
controlling communism. The lively if indecisive pro and con between 
two of the Republican candidates for President was far and away the 
most arresting political broadcast in many a day, one which conceiv¬ 
ably could be copied with profit for the voter during the formal cam¬ 
paign this Summer. 

Though the art of debating is widely attempted in one way 
or another on the radio - the Town Meeting of the Air and the other 
discussion programs are close kin of the basic form - the Dewey- 
Stassen engagement was the first face-to-face verbal tilt to be 
tried on the radio by major political figures running for the na¬ 
tion’s highest office. Regardless ot how each of the participants 
may have viewed the program’s success, the voting listener certainly 
had his full hour’s worth. 

The main advantage of the debate as compared with the 
average political broadcast was that for the most part it kept away 
from maddening generalities and dealt with a specific issue, in this 
case whether communism as such should be outlawed. For once at 
least the listener could hear consecutively and immediately the con¬ 
trasting views of two principal candidates and could decide for him¬ 
self whether each participant had spoken to the points which the 
other had raised. 

More particularly, the Stassen-Dewey debate had the person¬ 
al equation so often lacking in the formal radio address read from 
a prepared handout. The listener could hear for himself the profes¬ 
sional if not too subtle niceties of the rough and tumble give and 
take of politics,* * * * * 

The debate did accomplish what the routine political speech 
seldom does. It had the nation’s listeners themselves discussing the 
problem and, more concretely, discussing whether Mr, Stassen or Mr, 
Dewey was right. Last Monday radio showed how it could give new im¬ 
port to the old tradition of open political debate, Nov; it can only 
be hoped that candidates v;ill give broadcasting further opportunity 
to fulfill that educational role. 

Purely radiowise, the improvement in Governor Dewey’s per¬ 
sonality on the air was most marked. He has broken off from the sing¬ 
song rhythm once so eggestive of Lowell Thomas’ delivery and he has 
acquired greater naturalness, poise and confidence. Jir, Stassen 
could afford to be a little more careful not to drop final consonants. 

CBS To Buy Remainder Of ICQW If FCC Approves 

( ” \7a s h in gt on St ar ” 

A hint as to the reasons behind the apparently sudden deci¬ 
sion of the Columbia Broadcasting System to sell a majority interest 
in WTOP to the Washington Post is contained in another announcement 
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owns 45 per cent of KQ,V/ in San Francisco, has arranged to purchase 
the remaining 55 per cent interest, subject to the usual FCC approval, 
of course, 

San Francisco seems to be considered a valuable market in 
the radio trade, CBS, according to report, wanted to buy KQW once 
before, but supposedly was refused permission by the FCC^ It appar¬ 
ently would rather ovm KQ,y/ than l/VTOR, 

Television licenses in the San Francisco area also are 
plums, being sought by the broadcasters, FCC hearings on TV applica¬ 
tions starting tomorrow our there. While network ownership of AM 
stations seems to be limited by a "gentleman’s agreement", FCC has, 
or had when we last looked, a limit of five on the number of televi¬ 
sion stations a network is permitted to own, CBS wants a TV license 
in San Francisco and wouldn’t want a Washington application to stand 
in the way of